Crystallum Wines, Newton Johnson Vineyards and Storm Wines

Live Virtual Auction, 3 April 2022

Session 1

Sold for

ZAR 6 449
Lot 30
  • Crystallum; Whole Bunch Pinot Noir; 2016; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 6 000 - 9 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 6 449

About this Item

Whole Bunch Pinot Noir, 2016
6 (1 x 6) 750ml

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 15 years (interestingly the first vintage was a singular Sauvignon in 2007!) this outfit has positioned itself as one of the top proponents of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in South Africa. Awards locally and internationally are in fact unrivalled, and the wines are sold out every year on release.

Critics Ratings

‘‘Juicy and vibrant expression, showing the whole bunch flavours in a spicy, pure, bright and chewy way. Impressively sprightly after 6 years, the Whole Bunch is no longer being produced, and makes for a great addition to the collection. ‘ - Higgo Jacobs (Feb 2022)

Fruit selection from Cuvée Cinéma vineyard, 100% whole bunch, barrel ferment. 2016’s 50% new oak adds intense spiciness, succulent sappy character to the palate, nicely offset by bright wild berry notes. Only 630 bottles.’ - Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2018, 4.5* (93/100)

‘A wine that does what it says on the label, this is the first release of this Pinot from the same vineyard as Cuvée Cinéma, fermented with 100% whole bunches. Dense, smoky and quite grippy, it’s something of a geek’s wine, with lapsang souchong notes and savoury tannins. 2019-24.’ - Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2017, 93/100

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