Crystallum Pinot Noir Mabalel 2014 750ml
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Crystallum Mabalel Pinot Noir 2014

Overberg - Overberg - South Africa

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Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2014 Mabalel Pinot Noir comes from vines located at 700 meters, planted around six years ago. This is 100% destemmed. There is certainly more volume on the nose compared to the 2015 Peter Max, with ebullient red cherries, crushed strawberry and cranberry fruit, as well as a slightly tertiary tincture evident with aeration. The palate is rounded and supple on the entry with a fine line of acidity, touches of mulberry and pomegranate, the 15% new oak nicely integrated and lending body to the finish. It is not quite as complex as the 2013 Maiden, and there is a slight hardness that needs to be abraded, but there is still something satisfying about this Pinot Noir that should offer a decade's worth of pleasure.
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Varietal: Pinot Noir

Whilst the Pinot Noir grape varietal has its origins in France, and is most closely associated with fine Burgundy wines, it is now grown in almost every wine producing country in the world. There are many reasons for this – the densely packed, deep black bunches of fruits are responsible for making a wide variety of excellent wines, generally agreed to be amongst the most drinkable and accessible one can find. With flavors ranging from currants and red and black berries, to more earthy, spicy notes, Pinot Noir is a versatile varietal which is revered for its relatively light body and beautifully vivid red color However, the grapes themselves are notoriously susceptible to various diseases, and struggle in fluctuating climates. This has not stopped wineries planting and cultivating these vines, though, as Pinot Noir, when grown carefully and treated properly, is a grape with a wide and increasing fan-base, and more often than not produces wonderful wines.

Country: South Africa

As geographically diverse country, with everything from lush green valleys to areas of arid desert, mountainsides and river estuaries, South Africa unsurprisingly produces a huge range of excellent wines. Regions such as the Breede River Valley consistently impress with their Semillon wines and the lush, fruity Ruby Cabernets grown and processed here, and the cooler region of Overberg is attracting much attention as a result of their silky Pinot Noir bottles. However, all over the oceanic tip of this fascinating country, traditional methods dating back over three hundred years are combining with modern technologies to produce some of the finest examples of New World wines to be found anywhere on the globe.