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Crystallum - Bona Fide Pinot Noir 2018


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Maker: Peter-Allan Finlayson
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2013) JR: 17.5 (2012) JP: 4.5 Stars (2014) TA: 93 (2012) TC: 91 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

Darker and more intense than any other Crystallum Pinot. The heavy soils create stress for the vines resulting in a wine of great concentration and flavour while maintaining freshness and elegance typical of the Hemel-en-Aarde area. Notes of smoked meat, Indian spice and fresh cranberry are followed by an intense fruit filled mid palate. Lovely length and freshness. Should age well over 10 years.

Winery Information


Crystallum Wines is a boutique wine operation started in 2007 by brothers Peter-Allan and Andrew Finlayson, third generation wine producers and sons of South Africa?s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay pioneer, Peter Finlayson. They are situated in the cool Walker Bay region, on South Africa?s south coast around the town of Hermanus in the Hemel en Aarde valley.Production at Crystallum is tiny at the moment. The brother?s focus on sustainability runs from the vineyard through to the winery. A new straw.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)92 pts

Oct 2014. Reviewer : Neal Martin. - From a vineyard conjoining Bouchard-Finlayson with 40% whole-bunch and raised in 20% new oak, the 2013 Bona Fide Pinot Noir has a more laconic bouquet than the Cuvée Cinema with more tertiary scents of black bramble fruit, wild hedgerow and hints of marmalade loitering in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannins, good depth and plenty of Pinot energy that illuminates the finish that is probably the most supple of the all the 2013 cuvées. Excellent. (2012)17.5 pts

Tasted Mr '13 - Marked oak on the nose but smart oak. Slightly smokily reductive. Wonderfully silky and delicate in texture and some finely scented red fruit on the mid palate, where the oak is barely noticeable. Very fine with depth of fruit but real lightness of touch. Seems like very sensitive winemaking. (JH)

John Platter (2014)4.5 stars

Back-to-form 2014 from a single Hemel-en-Aarde Valley vineyard is appealing, with gorgeous texture & complexity: earthy forest floor, sweet fruit & savoury finish.

Tim Atkin (2012)93 pts

Peter-Allan Finlayson makes some of the best Pinot Noirs in South Africa, typified by this plush, concentrated, textured wine. The oak is well integrated here, supported by bold, savoury fruit flavours and 30% whole bunches. A Pinot that is built to age. Drink: 2014-20

Tom Cannavan (2012)91 pts

From a four-year-old vineyard, this has a little more dark, liquoricy tones to the nose, with a pure black fruit and touch of floral and violet, yet really ripe and blackcurranty and direct. There's a coffeeish tone too, making it fairly plush for Pinot, with plenty of ripe, sweet, mouth-filling fruit and more weight and texture, plenty of spice too. Oak is the same, with 30% new, but seems to be a little more charry and deep, giving this a big, spicy finish where the sweet, sweet fruit pushes through.

Vinification Notes

The 2012 Bona Fide Pinot Noir is produced from a single vineyard in the Hemel en Aarde Valley ward of Walker Bay. This single site is characterised by heavy clay and decomposed shales. Fermentations occurs spontaneously with no commercial yeasts added. There was a 20% whole bunch component with the rest de-stemmed but left intact as whole berries. Total time on skins was 4 weeks where after the wine spent 11 months in French Oak barriques.