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Mabalel Pinot Noir

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750 ml (Standard)

2017


Cultivar:

100% Pinot Noir

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

92 Points - Christian Eedes 94 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

14.00% alc vol Sugar g/l: 1.7
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 10 yrs
Origin: Hemel En Aarde Valley Appellation: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Tasting Notes:

"A properly complex nose showing red and black fruit, some musk, earth, spice as well as just a hint of reduction. The palate, meanwhile, is tightly wound with pure fruit and fine tannins, the finish long and savoury – intricate and refined." CE

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Blackberry

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Raspberry

Earthiness
Earthiness

Spices
Spices

Careful consideration has gone into hand-picking exceptional blocks of vineyard in the Walker Bay region. Crystallum wines partners with growers who share the vision that great wines are not made in the cellar, but are grown in the vineyard. Great soils and meticulous farming are essential foundations needed to produce wines that are focused and balanced. This philosophy is followed through into the cellar where we nurture what comes off the vines rather than shaping or manipulating to fit a predetermined outcome.

The Mabalel Pinot Noir is produced from a 700 metre high vineyard that rests in what resembles a volcanic crater surrounded by some of the Cape’s highest mountain peaks that are regularly covered by snow during winter. This is the third vintage of this wine and Mabalel was the first Pinot Noir produced from this valley.

Mabalel 2017 was fermented using only native yeasts and sees a much lower portion of the fruit kept as whole clusters (10%) than the other Crystallum Cuvees. The total time in tank was 29 days with a 14 day post fermentation maceration.

The wine was then transferred to barrel (20% new) where it remained for 11 months before bottling.

Food pairing

Pairs well with either a delicate, poached salmon or a rich, braised duck breast.

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