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Crystallum Bona Fide Pinot Noir 2012

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One for the purists.
One for the purists.

The latest releases from Crystallum as made by Peter-Allan Finlayson. Of particular interest, he has a new Pinot Noir called Bona Fide, which I think is up there with Seven Flags 2010 from Paul Cluver as one of the best examples in the country.

Agnes Chardonnay 2012
Price: R160
Grapes from Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge and Greyton. Classically styled with notes of lemon, grapefruit and peach, a hint of burnt matchstick, some oatmeal. Good concentration, bright acidity and oak carefully judged.
90

Clay Shales Chardonnay 2012
Price: R245
Grapes from the Overberg (beyond Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge). Lemon, lunchbox orange and some yeasty character. Rich and ripe with moderate acidity – a more esoteric offering.
88

Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir 2012
Price: R180
80% Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 20% Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Red cherry, plenty of musky perfume typical of the variety and attractive oak spice. Deliciously ripe and fruit forward.
89

Crystallum Cuvée Cinema Pinot Noir 2012
Price: R280
Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Quite old-school in execution. Dark cherry and some earthy character. Rich and broad appearing sweet upfront before a savoury finish. Moderate acidity.
88

Crystallum Bona Fide Pinot Noir 2012
Price: R280
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Red and black fruit plus a piquant undertone reminiscent of white pepper. Full but not overdone. Fresh acidity and a long, dry finish. Poised and really well proportioned.
94

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