2010 Crystallum "Paradisum" Rhone Blend Paardeberg (Previously $30)
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.
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)
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 bush vines. 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.