With the latest Pinot Noir releases from Crystallum we are, once again, reminded of the greatness of the 2015 vintage. Especially true of the Pinot Noirs from the Hemel-en-Aarde appellations, this fine vintage offers perfectly balanced and elegant wines.
The Cuvée Cinéma 2015, the best yet from Peter-Allan, is produced from a single vineyard in the highest part of the Hemel-en-Aarde region. Of the three single vineyards, it is the most serious and offers excellent ageing potential!
The Crystallum Mabalel and Bona Fide are opposite sides of the same coin. The Bona Fide is forward, with dark fruit and a full and juicy profile, whilst the Mabalel presents elegance and finesse in a delicate and detailed package. The Mabalel was also one of the favourites at this year’s Young Guns Reloaded.
These Crystallum releases, from this fine 2015 vintage, allow for the true expression of their specific terriors and show Peter-Allan’s accomplished hand with this variety. These single vineyard offerings are limited and will sell out quickly.
Finally, the Peter Max 2015 is a great value Pinot Noir that offers lively yet rich fruit with a fine, savoury counterpoint. In agreement with Tim Atkin, this wine is a real crowd-pleaser.
Crystallum, Cuvée Cinéma 2015 – R395
More serious in style than past vintages, Peter-Allan thinks it is his best effort yet. There is ample fruit but it is retrained and supported by a fine carriage of oak and fruit tannins. As with Burgundy, it will need a few years for the oak aromas to meld. This is a mature effort from Crystallum and demands cellaring for at least two years in order to appreciate the fine tannins. Drink 2018 – 2028. – James Pietersen, Wine Cellar
Crystallum, Mabalel 2015 – R395
Always elegant in style and produced from a young single vineyard in Villiersdorp. The 2015 is exuberant, precise, and elegant. The palate shimmers with a youthful finesse and is an excellent expression of place. Drink 2016 to 2023. – James Pietersen, Wine Cellar
Crystallum, Bona Fide 2015 – R395
From a vineyard near Bouchard Finlayson. The Bona Fide 2015 shows darker fruit and more concentration. Those familiar with the Galpin Peak Pinot Noir will find similarities here. Dark berry gives way to a richer palate weight and a juicier experience. Perfectly expresses its terrior. To my mind, the 2015 is ready but will evolve over the next few years. Drink 2016 – 2022. – James Pietersen, Wine Cellar
Crystallum, Peter Max 2015 – R215
This is always the earliest release of the Crystallum Pinots, and it’s made in a juicy, fragrant, crowd-pleasing style, with summer berry sweetness and whole-bunch spice. Drink 2016 – 2019. – Tim Atkin, 92/100