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‘South Africa’s finest’ – The Crystallum limited releases

These are some of South Africa's finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Attesting to that was the fine performance of his wine when served against the likes of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti… These wines are highly recommended, although quantities remain frustratingly small.’ – Neal Martin

The latest releases from the boutique winery Crystallum are all from the 2016 vintage. Although providing super concentration, the vintage also resulted in a smaller harvest. Combined with the increasing demand for Peter-Allan’s special cuvées, this means that the 2016s are even more limited than usual. Established as producers of great Pinot and Chardonnay and the darling of international judges, Crystallum and their range stand out for their authenticity and unique terroir-expression – these are wines of character.


Where the 2015s were fine and from an effortless vintage, the latest releases are good examples of the power and concentration of the 2016 vintage. Produced from various soil types and microclimates, the goal is to bring us special stories of South African Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The Crystallum Cuvée Cinéma is from different parcels and best expresses the vision of Peter-Allan Finlayson. Finely crafted, it is firmly ensconced as one of SA's best. The 2016 is a favourite of mine. I particularly like the structure and power of this wine and, I dare say, I prefer it to the fine 2015. The Crystallum Malabel is currently the poster child for the Elandskloof appellation. Still young, this vineyard shows remarkable escalation in quality with every new release. In a similar mould to the 2015, the 2016 Mabalel is ethereal, fragrant and has a haunting, seductive nature.

The third puzzle in Peter-Allan’s Pinot terroir-expression, is the Crystallum Bona Fide 2016. Much richer and sumptuous than the previous two, it’s fuller-bodied but has a wonderful, savoury edge that counters the dark fruit weight. It is brooding and layered. The Crystallum Clay Shales 2016 is hedonistic and offers texture and flavour over precision. It’s a delicious wine loaded with character.

Although produced in larger volumes, the Peter Max Pinot Noir 2016 and The Agnes Chardonnay 2016 will still sell out in a flash. We only have a few cases of the 2016 Peter Max left. Join us at our upcoming tasting – MEOW – where you can taste some of these releases.

Wine Cellar offers the greatest wine region in the world en-primeur (as futures). 2015 will be our 15th Bordeaux campaign and will be offered from April 2016 onwards for delivery in 2018.
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