This is the maiden vintage from seven-year-old vines on Crystallum’s own Shaw’s Mountain vineyard just outside the Hemel en Aarde valley. The Litigo, meaning ‘discussion’ in legal terms, is a wine made in partnership with lawyer Eben van Wyk.
The nose is subtle but alluring with mulberry and pomegranate alongside intense floral notes and a light peaty smokiness in the background. A palate of bright red fruits, sweet spice and olive tapenade add body and complexity. With fine tannins and a medium acidity, this is a fresh and vibrant wine accessible early but suitable for ageing through 2025.
Fermented using only native yeasts in stainless steel tanks. There was a 20% whole bunch component with the rest de-stemmed but left intact as whole berries. The wine spent a total of 4 weeks on the skins after which it went into French and Hungarian oak barrels (30% new) for 11 months.
Total acidity 5.0 g/l
Total sulphites 46 mg/l
Residual sugar 1.7 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