2012 Crystallum "Paradisum" Rhône Blend Paardeberg Swartland (Previously $30)

SKU #1217942

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; K&L has managed to secure an exclusive import of this wine, and quantities are very limited.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14