Scenes from a movie based on the life of Napoleon were shot on the Cinéma site the year before vineyards were introduced, which gave this wine its name. This Cuvée is a selection of barrels made from said single vineyard, a premium site in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge that was meticulously designed to produce the highest quality Pinot Noir with the planting of high density vines using disease-free Dijon clones.
A precise and focused vintage showing its signature nose of confected cherry, sweet spice and rose melding with smoke, wild herbs and a saline edge. The palate is a touch richer and more opulent than its predecessor, with dark chocolate, soy, plum and aniseed adding a savoury counterpoint to the lifted, fresh red fruit. Grippy, slightly waxy tannin and bright acidity hold everything in balance, making for an extraordinarily long finish and guaranteeing ageing through 2035.
Fermented using only native yeasts with a ratio of whole clusters (70%) to whole berries (30%) in a stainless steel tank. The total time in tank was 31 days. The wine was then transferred to barrel (25% new) where it remained for 11 months before bottling.
Total acidity 5.2 g/l
Total sulphites 63 mg/l
Residual sugar 2.7 g/l
Crystallum is a family-run and privately-owned winery based in the Walker Bay region of South Africa.
We specialise in the Burgundian varieties, working with the ideal conditions in and around the Walker Bay region. Our winemaking approach favours low intervention, with only native yeasts used for fermentation. Our Pinot Noirs are fermented in small stainless steel tanks and aged in French oak for 11-16 months before bottling. The Chardonnay is whole-bunch pressed and fermented in barrel where the wine remains for 11 months before bottling. All fruit is hand picked in small crates.
Brothers Andrew and Peter-Allan are the third generation of Finlayson winemakers and sons of the man who pioneered Pinot Noir winemaking in the Hemel-en-Aarde region. Andrew is an architect by training and Peter-Allan a student of philosophy and economics, but it didn’t take long for the lure of wine to take effect, with Andrew drawn to the vineyards and Peter-Allan to the cellar.
The company was founded in 2007 when it produced just over four thousand bottles of Sauvignon Blanc. The following vintage saw the introduction of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and Crystallum now produces these Burgundian varieties exclusively, making up its collection with multi-vineyard blends and single-vineyard wines.
Peter Allan Finlayson