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.
One of the highest vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde region, composed of heavy clay and Bokkeveld shale soils. These conditions allow optimum fruit development while naturally restricting vigour and keeping crop levels low. It is high-density planted – 8500 vines per hectare – encouraging competition between the vines, which helps bring greater concentration to the fruit.
This Pinot Noir has lifted aromas of wild strawberry, white pepper, and earthy, mushroom notes. The palate is textured and grippy with cherry, blueberries and blackberries alongside fennel and some green pepper from the stems. The robust tannin and crisp acidity support the texture of the fruit profile.