Based in the Walker Bay region of South Africa, Crystallum is run by brothers Peter-Allan and Andrew Finlayson, 3rd-generation winemakers who focus on Burgundy varieties. Within only a little over 10 years (first vintage a singular Sauvignon from 2007) this outfit has positioned itself as one of the top proponents of Pinot and Chardonnay in SA. The Cuvée Cinéma is produced entirely from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge and is the most refined and desired of the three Crystallum single vineyard Pinot Noirs. It was named after a film based on the life of Napoleon that was shot on the site a year prior to the vineyards being planted.
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‘This has a freshness and a brightness that reflects the altitude of the vineyards. It’s still a bold, succulent, age-worthy wine, with dark fruits and a spicy, sappy, savoury core, but the acidity lifts the wine to another level.’ - Tim Atkin MW 2014, 94/100"
‘This Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge 12 perhaps the most refined version here; as perfumed & elegant as ever, with the sweetly dark-fruited notes brighter than Bona Fide’s, the texture silk rather than velvet, the colour lighter & redder. Finely balanced, pinioned on graceful acidity.’ – Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2014, 4.5*