`Mabalel` Elandskloof Pinot Noir

Walker Bay, Hemel-en Aarde


This small winery was established in 2007 by brothers Peter-Allan and Andrew Finlayson....

Their father, Peter, was a pioneer in the production of cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at Bouchard Finlayson, so after university it seemed the natural thing for the boys to return home and source some fruit from the Hemel-en-Aarde valley to start their own label. Crystallum is now one of the most highly regarded wineries in South Africa, yet the Finlaysons are determined to make even better wines. Peter-Allan has sourced fruit from some new vineyards, while winemaking has evolved. All of the wines are now wild fermented and new oak has been reduced to help the bright fruit shine through.

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The Mabalel Pinot Noir is crafted from fruit grown at high altitudes, 700 metres above sea level. The vineyard rests in what resembles a volcanic crater surrounded by some of the Cape's highest mountain peaks that are regularly covered by snow during winter.

Vintage Information

Very wet conditions in late January and early February led to a delayed ripening and extended hang times. The wines are wonderfully aromatic with high natural acidity and great fruit concentration.


Mabalel 2013 was fermented using only native yeasts and unlike the other Crystallum Cuvees, the fruit was completely de-stemmed. The total time in tank was 28 days with a 14 day post-fermentation maceration. The wine was then transferred to barrel where it remained for 11 months before bottling. Minimal sulphates were used in the making of this wine.

Tasting Notes

Lighter and more feminine than the other Crystallum Pinot Noirs. Dried flower petals, violets and bright cherry notes lead to an elegant and refined palate with very fine tannins and a fresh finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Walker Bay, Hemel-en Aarde, Cape South Coast
Winemaker Peter-Allan Finlayson
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.2g/l
Residual Sugar 2.5g/l
Wine pH 3.59