Seductive aromatics of red and black cherry, rose, musk, herbs and a hint of earth while the palate has weight and presence thanks to a dense core of fruit, nicely integrated acidity and powdery tannins. Very appealing in its plushness. 94/100 Christian Eedes winemag.co.za
Perhaps the most pronounced and concentrated vintage of this wine, the nose shows blueberry, orange rind and black forest cake, as well as the exotic spiciness of nutmeg and sumac. The palate is complex and alluring, with cherry pith, dates and cloves beside a fennel and caraway seed texture in the fresh tannins. A wine that is likely to age well beyond 2030.
Mabalel Pinot Noir is produced from an incredibly unique, high-altitude vineyard. The site sits at 700 metres above sea level and rests in what resembles a volcanic crater. The vineyard is surrounded by some of the Cape’s highest mountain peaks that are regularly covered by snow during winter. This is the first Pinot Noir to be produced in this valley.
Healthy winter rainfall began to replenish water reserves in the soil and sustained the vines through the growing season. Cooler conditions in the lead up to harvest were beneficial. The grapes underwent a perfectly paced, slow and steady ripening and were harvested with concentrated flavours balanced by fresh, natural acidity. However, 2020 was still affected by the preceding drought years. This meant the vines were only just starting to recover fully and resulted in low yields. Despite this, Peter-Allan was “very happy with the quality and elegance” of the 2020 vintage.
The fruit was fermented using only native yeasts. The fruit was 100%destemmed in contrast to the other Crystallum wines. The total time in tank was 29 days with a 21-day post-fermentation maceration. The wine was then transferred to French oak barrels (20% new), where it remained for 11 months before bottling.