Brothers Peter-Allan and Andrew Finlayson are the third generation of Finlayson winemakers, their father having been a pioneer of cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Fruit for 'Malabel' comes from a high altitude site, 700 metres high and surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the Cape.
Grapes are completely de-stemmed, fermented with native yeasts, and spend 14 months in a barrel (30% new oak). Very pretty, bright red cherry scented, supple and silky. Went down a treat with an artfully presented tagine of chicken, and a fat raviolo of braised oxtail at Elystan Street in Chelsea.