Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir 2022

Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir 2022

 

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Crystallum
Peter Max Pinot Noir 2022
  • Vintage : 2022
  • Country : South Africa
  • Region : Walker Bay
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Fruity Medium Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14°
  • Grappes : 100% Pinot Noir

Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir  is not only a testament to South Africa's burgeoning reputation in the world of fine wines but also a symbol of the intricate art of winemaking.

Experts Score Vintage
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 92 2020
TA Tim Atkin 93 2019
W&S Wines & Spirits 90 2019
RP Robert Parker 88 2014
JR Jancis Robinson 16 2014
More information on wine critics and ratings

Named in honor of the first growers, Peter and Max, who contributed fruit for the inaugural vintage, the Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir represents the history and evolution of this multi-vineyard blend. The name remains as a tribute to the wine's origins, even as the fruit sources have diversified.

Region and Vineyards: The grapes for this vintage come from the Western Cape of South Africa, a region renowned for its diverse terroirs and microclimates which are highly conducive to cultivating Pinot Noir. These vineyards benefit from the unique coastal influences and varied soil types of the area, contributing to the wine's distinct flavor profile.

Vinification Process: The winemaking approach is a careful blend of tradition and innovation. Around 60% of the grapes were de-stemmed and combined with the rest that were left as whole clusters. This method, coupled with a slow, extended maceration period of four weeks and minimal extraction during active fermentation, ensures a wine with depth and complexity. The wine then aged in lightly toasted French oak barrels (10% new) for nine months and was lightly filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes:

  • Color: Exhibits a rich red hue.
  • Aroma: The nose is greeted with a medley of cranberry, pomegranate, and bruised strawberry, complemented by hints of rose, rosemary, and fynbos.
  • Palate: The palate offers a darker edge, featuring flavors like olive tapenade and soy, with a hint of grilled meat. The tannins are supple yet structured, with a stemmy, pine-needle grip that adds complexity.

Drinking and Ageing: This wine is accessible now and will continue to improve, reaching its peak in the next 6 to 8 years.

"The finest debut South African Chardonnay and Pinot Noir pair" 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 bale winery is being built using recycled steel, clay and stone from the property and straw bales from a farm just up the road. They… Read more

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 92 Points (2020)
The 2020 Peter Max felt quite austere on the nose, more so than the 2019 that I had tasted 3-4 days previously. This demands coaxing, eventually revealing brambly red fruit, briar, damp moss and then later hints of morello cherries. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, taut and crisp delivering very pure tart red fruit. This is an attractive "bite" toward the finish, which is structured like a Morey-Saint-Denis, the lingering salinity urging you back. Excellent, but give it a couple of years for the aromatics to fully open.

Tim Atkin (TA) : 93 Points (2019)
Peter Max is a Pinot for Pinot lovers: a juicy, lip-smacking red that comes from five sources blended for pleasure and consistency. Fermented with 50% whole clusters, it's supple, bouncy and full of summer berry fruit with the fine tannins of a Chambolle-Musigny and some nuanced oak spice.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 90 Points (2019)

Robert Parker (RP) : 88 Points (2014)
The 2014 Peter Max Pinot Noir comes from four different vineyards - of which two are in Hemel-en-Aarde - includes 20-30% whole bunch fruit and is raised in a judicious 10% new oak; it has plenty of brambly red fruit on the nose, somewhat "airy" in style, not ephemeral but certainly on the lighter side compared to other vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, light red plum and cranberry fruit; it is a little herbaceousness towards the finish that has a Pommard-like character. More early drinking than others, but still well crafted.

Jancis Robinson (JR) : 16 Points (2014)
First year he made it was in 2008 and it's named after his first two (superseded) growers! Four different vineyards mainly Hemel. Different picks, 15% new oak, 10-30% whole bunch. Light ruby. Warm stones on the nose then quite sweet and fresh on the palate. Easy and lively. Maybe not mind blowing.

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