2010 Crystallum "Paradisum" Rhone Blend, Paardeberg

SKU #1124699 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sometimes you meet a young winemaker whose enthusiasm and approach makes an impression. That is not to say that their wines knock your socks off, but rather you intuitively feel that they are -one to watch, perchance a star of the future. Certainly, when I met Peter-Allan Finlayson in Hemel-en-Aarde in 2011, he came across as a talented winemaker. Crystallum is relatively unknown compared to Hamilton Russell or Bouchard-Finlayson, but I have no doubt that Peter's wines will become increasingly sought after both home and abroad.

Wine Spectator

 A tangy, minerally style, delivering sanguine and iron notes up front, with bitter cherry, blood orange and damson plum fruit. Features a sleek, tightly grained finish. Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. Drink now through 2015. 167 cases made. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

Crystallum is a boutique winery owned by Andrew and Peter-Allan Finlayson, sons of South African wine legend Peter Finlayson. Paradisum is a Rhone style blend made from Shiraz (50%), Grenache (38%) and Cinsault (12%). The grapes are grown in three different vineyard blocks in the Paardeberg from old, non-irrigated bushvines. The nose is explosive and seductive all at once. Red fruits but intertwined with cinnamon, clove and exotic spices. The palate is very much old-school rhone, medium bodied, elegant and more savoury than the bouquet might suggest. Complex and balanced with bright acidity, the wine begs for food and yet is deep and interesting enough to be enjoyed alone. An elegant wine, beautifully packaged with a hand waxed capsule. This wine is a tiny production of under 170 cases; K&L has managed to secure an exclusive import of this wine, and quantities are very limited.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/2/2014  | Send Email
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Forget Châteauneuf-du-Pape this wine is the most exciting Rhone blend I have had in a while and its from South Africa! Sourced from old dry famred bushvines the wine has a wonderfully exuberant nose of violets, spice, leather and ripe blackberry. On the palate the wine is super fine and silky. Ripe tannins and vibrant acidity keep it lively on the palate. Med-full bodied, not heavy, but concentrated and rich. I loved this with Duck Confit the other night but I think it would go with most roasted meats or casserole dishes.
Drink from 2014 to 2020

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Rhone Blends

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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.