Crystallum Cuvée Cinéma Pinot Noir 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
R580
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Established as one of SA's best, most consistent examples of Pinot, the 2020 Cuvée Cinéma has joined the select group of local Pinots rated 95 points by Christian Eedes. It is classy and refined, offering good power and detailed tannins.
95
TA
'Part of a brilliant line up of Pinot Noirs from Crystallum in 2020, this is a wine with evident tannin and extraction - more Nuits-St-Georges than Chambolle-Musigny perhaps - with plenty of grip, dark cherry and raspberry fruit, subtle 20% new wood and added complexity from 40% whole bunches. 2024-30.' – Tim Atkin MW, 2021 SA Report, 95/100

'Grapes from Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 60% whole-bunch fermentation. Red and black cherries, beetroot, earth and spice on the nose while the palate is substantial yet seamless – good fruit definition, fresh acidity and smooth tannins. This has weight and texture in the best sense.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

Tasting notes on the 2019 vintage:
'This wine is always one of the most opulent and expressive wines in the Crystallum line up and this 2019 is another exceptional offering produced from 100% Ridge fruit with 70% whole-bunch fermentation. The bouquet is super fragrant and exotic with notes of Indian spices, violets and rose petals, dried leaves and subtle hints of forest floor and the most attractive melange of red currants, sour cherry and black bramble berries. The signature plushness and elegance of the palate is well measured and beautifully pure with marked notes of pink musk, red cherries, hints of cranberry brightness and a kiss of cinnamon spice on the finish. The tannins are suave and velvety lending enough structure and frame to give this wine a wonderful shape in the mouth. A really fabulous expression of Pinot Noir that could comfortably rub shoulders with some of Burgundy’s finest wines. Drink now and over the next 8 to 10+ years.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 95/100

'Like 2018 (4.5 stars, 94 pts), tightest, least ready of these pinots, but 2019 is sheer class. Hint of spice, suggestion of ripeness, savoury tones, all subtle, understated. Multi-layered, silky viscosity merely glimpsed behind restraining framework. Magnificent maturity ahead. Natural ferment (as all pinots), 70% wholebunch, 25% new oak, 11 months.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)

'Cuvée Cinéma is sourced from the top end of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley from a clayshales vineyard planted in 2009. The stems were unusually mature in 2019, so Peter-Allan Finlayson added 70% whole bunches. The result is sappy, spicy and quite dense, with effortless concentration, black cherry and plum fruit, sinewy tannins and good ageing potential. Drink 2022-29.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Peter-Allan Finlayson
Body Medium-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Pinot Noir
Rating TA 95
Producer information Crystallum, based in Walker Bay, South Africa, is a family-run and privately-owned winery which began in 2007. Brothers Andrew and Peter-Allan are the third generation of Finlayson winemakers and sons of the man who pioneered Pinot Noir winemaking in the Hemel-en-Aarde region. They specialise in the Burgundian varieties, and follow a low intervention winemaking approach. Peter-Allan Finlayson is a leader in producing some of the finest modern-day SA Pinots. Neal Martin says of their wines, ‘These are some of South Africa's finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.’.
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