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Crystallum - Cuvee Cinema Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir 2018


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Maker: Peter-Allan Finlayson
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now -2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91 (2014) VS: 91 (2014) JR: 17.5 (2014) WS: 89 (2010) JP: 4.5 Stars (2014) TA: 94 (2014) TC: 93 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

Still very tight and contained, this is definitely a vintage to put away. Hints of cherries, cassis and a strong spice note provide a savoury element to compliment the intense red fruit character. The tannins are velvety and distinctive, combining in a rich, lasting mouthfeel. A steely backbone gives this wine great freshness. Will age well through the next eight to ten 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 (2014)91 pts

Nov 2015. Reviewer : Neal Martin. The 2014 Cuvée Cinema Pinot Noir is about 35% whole bunch fruit and 30% new oak, around 420 cases produced per year (actually Crystallum's biggest release). It has a pretty nose with more complexity than the 2014 Mabelel - detailed strawberry and raspberry fruit with an underlying mineralité that comes through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine structure and fine tannin, quite saline in the mouth. There is a stoniness here, a sense of reserve that lends it Burgundy-like allure, plus a healthy dash of white pepper on the aftertaste that keeps the mouth tingling. This is another fine Cuvée Cinema.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)91 pts

Mar/Apr 15. By Stephen Tanzer. Full medium red. Rather cool, laid-back aromas of red berries, licorice and menthol. Dry and classic but youthfully unevolved, offering serious concentration to its berry and spice flavors. Finishes with distinctly firmer tannins than the Peter Max bottling; this will require a few years of cellaring to expand in texture and gain in complexity. (2014)17.5 pts

Sept 2015 - Pale ruby. Exciting tension and life. Pretty tense.

Wine Spectator (2010)89 pts

Issue: Web Only - 2012. Ripe, intense cherry and blackberry fruit interlace with subtle licorice snap, black tea and perfumy spice notes. Long, silky finish has nice latent grip. Drink now through 2014. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 183 cases made. ?JM.

John Platter (2014)4.5 stars

Jaw-dropping perfumed grace on 2014 from single Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge parcel. Displays a fine combination of richness & delicacy. Pure fruit & silky texture give early charm; structure bodes well for future enjoyment. Natural ferment, as all.

Tim Atkin (2014)94 pts

The densest and most deeply coloured of Crystallum’s Pinots, this is what Peter-Allan Finlayson refers to as “the big daddy”. With high density planting, 30% whole bunches and super texture, this is a subtly oaked, balanced wine showing the guts and dark fruit of a Pommard. Drink: 2015-22

Tom Cannavan (2012)93 pts

Named because the vineyard is on a site used to film a big movie about Napoleon Bonaparte. From a five-year-old vineyard, it has lovely tightness to the fruit, a black berry quality with some lifted notes of clove and kirsch-like cherry, that fine truffle and gently beetrooty quality. Some cassis here in a concentrated style. The palate has delicious focus too: there is such a pure line through this wine, the softly smoky oak wreathing around that deliciously dark but not heavy fruit, plenty of dry acidity and a bit of roughening tannin to maintain and edge, the soft juiciness of the fruit pushing back through to dominate the finish.

Vinification Notes

Fruit was hand picked and delivered to the cellar in small crates. Bunches were destemmed into tank, apart from 30% going into tank as whole bunches, an increased ratio from the previous vintage. The juice is cooled to below 8ºC and left to warm up and start ferment. The wine was left to macerate on the skins for five weeks before going into barrel. The wine was aged in 228 litre, lightly toasted French oak barrels for 10 months and bottled after a light filtration.