Crystallum Mabalel Pinot Noir 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Elandskloof
R580
In stock
(Only 12 left)
From an Elandskloof vineyard (700m above sea level), the 2020 Mabalel is sensuous and silky with deep, dark fruit. It is a delight and will offer earlier drinking with its softer, rounded mouthfeel and exotic spice notes.
95
TA
'Mabalel is a single vineyard wine from the legendary Kaaimansgat site and is a wonderfully silky, perfumed Pinot Noir. Destemmed because "it would be too green otherwise, according to Peter-Allan Finlayson, it has rose petal and orange zest aromas, filigree tannins, wild strawberry fruit and a racy finish. 2022-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, 2021 SA Report, 95/100

'Grapes from Elandskloof, no whole-bunch fermentation. Seductive aromatics of red and black cherry, rose, musk, herbs and a hint of earth while the palate has weight and presence thanks to a dense core of fruit, nicely integrated acidity and powdery tannins. Very appealing in its plushness.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100

Tasting notes on the 2019 vintage:
'Serious & complex 2019, generous in its sensuous, resonating dark fruit, forest floor scents, rich flavours, silk texture. All sustained by supportive structure, focused freshness from high Elandskloof vineyards. Worthy of contemplation & time. 20% new oak, 10 months.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)

'The yields were the lowest ever - one third of the average - from this Elandskloof vineyard in 2019, but there's nothing wrong with the quality and no sign of over-concentration on the nose or palate. Dark, intense and vigorous, with floral top notes, impressive structure, some sweet spices from 20% new wood and the raciness that's typical of the site. Consistently impressive. 2022-27' – 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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