This small winery was established in 2007 by brothers Peter-Allan and Andrew Finlayson. Their father, Peter, was a pioneer in the production of cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at Bouchard Finlayson, so after university it seemed the natural thing for the boys to return home and source some fruit from the Hemel-en-Aarde valley to start their own label. Crystallum is now one of the most highly regarded wineries in South Africa, yet the Finlaysons are determined to make even better wines. Peter-Allan has sourced fruit from some new vineyards, while winemaking has evolved. All of the wines are now fermented using indigenous yeasts and new oak has been reduced to help the bright fruit shine through.
This is the maiden vintage from seven-year-old vines on Crystallum's own Shaw’s Mountain vineyard just outside the Hemel en Aarde valley. The Litigo, meaning ‘discussion’ in legal terms, is a wine made in partnership with lawyer Eben van Wyk.
The nose is subtle but alluring with mulberry and pomegranate alongside intense floral notes and a light peaty smokiness in the background. A palate of bright red fruits, sweet spice and olive tapenade add body and complexity. With fine tannins and a medium acidity, this is a fresh and vibrant wine accessible early but suitable for ageing through 2025.