Crystallum, Mabalel Pinot Noir 750ml 2018South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
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. Andrew is an architect by training and Peter-Allan a student of philosophy and economics, but it didn’t take long for the lure of wine to take effect, with Andrew drawn to the vineyards and Peter-Allan to the cellar.
Mabalel is named after a poem by the legendary South African polymath Eugene Marais, which tells the story of a local chieftain’s daughter of the same name who was ambushed while fetching water from the Limpopo River by the crocodile, Lalele. The vineyard is planted on ‘Kaaimansgat’ farm - meaning Crocodile’s lair - and a river flows past the vineyard. The site is 700m high and surrounded by dramatic mountains, with peaks that are often snow-capped in winter.
‘Transparent, pure, with tension from high-altitude Elandskloof origin. 2018 slow to unfold from initial intense freshness; succulent black & red cherry supported by gentle yet effective tannins. Both elegance & substance. 10% wholebunch, vs just 5% for 2017 (4.5 stars, 92 pts), 20% new oak.’ – Platter’s Guide 2020, 5* (95/100)
'Grapes from Elandskloof, 10% whole-bunch fermentation, maturation involving 20% new oak. Dark cherry, turned earth and a touch of reduction on the nose. Rich and round on the palate to the point of plush. Good depth of flavour, tangy acidity and smooth tannins. Alcohol: 13.5%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 92/100
'Aromas of tomato leaf, cranberry and sour cherry combine with orange peel, steely gun flint and light cedar notes on the palate. Gentle stem use allows the subtler fruit to emerge, supported by tart acidity and fine tannins. Lean, savoury and elegant, the wine will drink well through 2026.' – Winemaker
Fermented using only native yeasts and with a far lower portion of the fruit kept as whole clusters (10%) than the other Crystallum cuvées. The total time in tank was 29 days with a 14-day post-fermentation maceration. The wine was then transferred to barrel (20% new) where it remained for 11 months before bottling.
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