‘I have tasted some of the greatest wines from Burgundy, and take it from me, Hemel-en-Aarde is making serious, world-class Pinot Noir.’ – Neal Martin, international wine authority South African Pinot…

I have tasted some of the greatest wines from Burgundy, and take it from me, Hemel-en-Aarde is making serious, world-class Pinot Noir.’ – Neal Martin, international wine authority

South African Pinot Noir is just getting better and better. With the impact of a great vintage like 2017, improved clonal material and the fact that the vineyards are now maturing, we are going to see Pinots increase in quality, especially in terms of complexity. The Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir 2017 is a perfect case in point. From a great vintage and made with a deft touch, the new-release Peter Max hits all the right notes with bright, restrained cherry notes, an intriguing earthiness and a soft, elegant finish.

This is just one of our many favourite local Pinot Noirs. Please peruse our full list which offers some small-batch gems! Highlights to look out for include the Newton Johnson Single VineyardsCrystallum Whole BunchTesselaarsdal and the B Vintners Black Bream to name just a few. All of which are very limited.

Having first released their Peter Max in 2008, Crystallum’s 2017 stands out for its finesse, detail and refinement and continues on its ever-increasing trajectory of quality. With a few dollops from their top cuvées, the 2017 is sourced from multiple vineyards; mainly the Hemel-en-Aarde, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde and Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge appellations. While yet to be rated, this wine is bound to sell out long before the next vintage is available. It is just that delicious.

Tasting notes:

Crystallum, Peter Max Pinot Noir 2017 – R 235
Recently, Pinot Noir vineyards have been planted to better clonal material and are now maturing. We are seeing Pinot increase in quality, especially in terms of their complexity. The 2017 Peter Max is a perfect case in point and there is no doubt that it is a step up on the 2016. With aromas of earth and savoury notes, the fruit is well-knit, layered and complex. It follows on to a sumptuous palate with good acidity, fine-grained tannins and an all-round sense of finesse. – James Pietersen (January 2018)

 

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