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Bona Fide Pinot Noir

Crystallum, Bona Fide Pinot Noir 2017

R485

30 in stock

Notes

'We seek to produce classic wines in a new world context that reflect a traditional, age-old way of working coupled with the new world vineyards which we source our fruit from. The only varieties that we work with are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with multi vineyard blends and single vineyard wines making up the collection.' Andrew and Peter-Allan, the team behind Crystallum.

Tasting notes:
'Bona Fide is made entirely with the 777 Dijon clone and comes from the outstanding Vrede vineyard. Low yields, 60% whole bunches and the presence of clay in the soils has produced a rich, dense, savoury Pinot with spice and black cherry notes and the potential to age. 2020-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 96/100

'The 2017 Bona Fide Pinot Noir comes from a single vineyard, the Vrede vineyard farmed by Hannes Storm. Matured for 11 months with 60% whole-bunch fruit, using 20% new oak, it has an earthy, almost Morey-like bouquet with a slight masculine personality. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, slightly chalky tannin. This is perhaps the most edgy of Peter-Allan’s Pinots this year, leading to a saline finish that lingers in the mouth. Excellent, but quite cerebral.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

'Grapes from the Hemel en Aarde Valley. 60% whole-bunch fermentation. A slightly wild but entirely captivating nose – dark fruit, earth, spice, musk and fresh herbs all combine to good effect. Rich and broad but not listless – nice fresh acidity and tannic grip – while the finish is long and savoury. A lot going on.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

Viticulture:
The 2017 Bona Fide Pinot Noir is produced from a single vineyard in the Hemel en Aarde Valley ward of Walker Bay. This single site is characterised by heavy clay and decomposed shales. This vineyard is the lowest lying Pinot vineyard and is always picked first.

Vinification:
Fermentation occurs spontaneously with no commercial yeasts added. There was a 60% whole bunch component with the rest de-stemmed but left intact as whole berries. Total time on skins was 5 weeks where after the wine spent 11 months in French Oak barriques. 20% New.

Analysis:
Alc: 12.8% RS: 1.5 g/L TA: 5.3 g/L pH: 3.6

'We seek to produce classic wines in a new world context that reflect a traditional, age-old way of working coupled with the new world vineyards which we source our fruit from. The only varieties that we work with are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with multi vineyard blends and single vineyard wines making up the collection.' Andrew and Peter-Allan, the team behind Crystallum.

Tasting notes:
'Bona Fide is made entirely with the 777 Dijon clone and comes from the outstanding Vrede vineyard. Low yields, 60% whole bunches and the presence of clay in the soils has produced a rich, dense, savoury Pinot with spice and black cherry notes and the potential to age. 2020-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 96/100

'The 2017 Bona Fide Pinot Noir comes from a single vineyard, the Vrede vineyard farmed by Hannes Storm. Matured for 11 months with 60% whole-bunch fruit, using 20% new oak, it has an earthy, almost Morey-like bouquet with a slight masculine personality. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, slightly chalky tannin. This is perhaps the most edgy of Peter-Allan’s Pinots this year, leading to a saline finish that lingers in the mouth. Excellent, but quite cerebral.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

'Grapes from the Hemel en Aarde Valley. 60% whole-bunch fermentation. A slightly wild but entirely captivating nose – dark fruit, earth, spice, musk and fresh herbs all combine to good effect. Rich and broad but not listless – nice fresh acidity and tannic grip – while the finish is long and savoury. A lot going on.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100

Viticulture:
The 2017 Bona Fide Pinot Noir is produced from a single vineyard in the Hemel en Aarde Valley ward of Walker Bay. This single site is characterised by heavy clay and decomposed shales. This vineyard is the lowest lying Pinot vineyard and is always picked first.

Vinification:
Fermentation occurs spontaneously with no commercial yeasts added. There was a 60% whole bunch component with the rest de-stemmed but left intact as whole berries. Total time on skins was 5 weeks where after the wine spent 11 months in French Oak barriques. 20% New.

Analysis:
Alc: 12.8% RS: 1.5 g/L TA: 5.3 g/L pH: 3.6

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Country

ZA

Region

Hemel-en-Aarde

Style

Red

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