Crystallum Cuvée Cinema Pinot Noir 2015

The 2015s of Peter-Allan Finlayson’s various takes on Pinot Noir under the Crystallum label were recently released and suffice to say, the hype surrounding this vintage seems very much justified. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir 2015 Wine Cellar price: R215 Grapes sourced from Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Overberg and […]

July 27, 2016
by Christian
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SA Pinot Noir vs Burgundy’s favourite retailer Wine Cellar has started a new series of tastings which sees SA’s best pitted against “international benchmarks” (see the full programme here) and last night saw Pinot Noir under scrutiny – four local examples up against two from Burgundy in a blind taste-off. With the Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration still fresh in […]

February 18, 2016
by Christian
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SA vs New Zealand Pinot Noir

Do expectations influence outcomes when it comes to wine ratings? Dana Buys, co-owner of Vrede en Lust, thinks so, arguing for instance that were you to assemble a group of professional tasters and tell them that they were about to taste a line-up of Pinot from New Zealand rather than South Africa, they would necessarily […]

August 3, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: A new “centre of wine excellence”

One of my favourite bits of wine ephemera is a fading and well-worn beige T-shirt with a picture of a bunch of grapes on the front and the words “The Hemelrand Centre for Wine Excellence”. The back just reads “Harvest 2013”; it was in that year that it was given to me – and I […]

June 15, 2015
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Tim James: On the Hemel-en-Aarde Winegrowers’ Pinot Noir Celebration

Some months back on this website,  I doubted whether local pinots are world class to the extent that local white blends, sauvignons and syrahs are world class (see here). Aren’t we overrating pinot here, I wondered? That was shortly before the announcement of four pinots getting five stars in Platter 2015. All four of those […]

February 2, 2015
by Tim James
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Crystallum Clay Shales Chardonnay 2013

The small cellar on Hemelrand, the Hemel en Aarde Ridge property owned by Hans and Mary Anne Evenhuis, really is an astonishing centre of wine excellence at the moment. Not only is it the official home of Alheit Vineyards but it’s where John Seccombe put together the exciting stuff that currently appears under the Thorne […]

June 11, 2014
by Christian
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Litigo Pinot Noir 2012

Eben van Wyk, a partner at intellectual property law firm Spoor & Fisher, has started his own label in the form of Litigo, his first wine being a Pinot Noir 2012. Grapes come from one site in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and another in Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge and the wine was made with the assistance of Crystallum’s […]

December 16, 2013
by Christian
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CE’s top 12 wines of 2013

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2013. Arendsig Inspirational Batch 1 2012 Made from a Rawsonville Chenin Blanc vineyard planted in 1972. Along with Opstal Carl Everson 2012, emphatic proof that excellence can be had from the “other side of the mountain”. Beeslaar Pinotage 2012 Abrie Beeslaar starts his own label and comes […]

December 2, 2013
by Christian
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