31st Mar, 2017

Pinot Noir 'Malabel' 2014, Crystallum,  Overberg, South Africa, Elystan Street, Chelsea

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.

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