Crystallum 'Whole Bunch' Pinot Noir, Hemel en Aarde, South Africa 2016

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Crystallum 'Whole Bunch' Pinot Noir, Hemel en Aarde, South Africa 2016

39.00

Without a doubt, the best Pinot Noir we have ever tasted from South Africa. Only 629 bottles were produced, so it's in very short supply and we only have a couple of bottles left. It has such purity, in both aroma and flavour, which isn't always evident with Cape Pinots, evoking wild strawberries, cold fireside embers, grenadine and an impression of raspberries still on the stems (or is that autosuggestion?).  I would love to see how this fared in a blind tasting of Chambolle-Musigny, it might surprise a few people. 14% alc. Drink now-2023

Press review:

Jamie Goode: "Same vineyard as Cuvée Cinéma, but 100% whole cluster. First release and  just two barrels made. Sweetly aromatic with lovely fine spices and supple greenness. The palate has elegance but also grip. Firm and with lovely spiciness. Has a warmth to it, with nice savoury complexity. Some mint on the finish." 95 points

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