(2019) This wine spent 12 months in 300 and 500-litre French oak barrels, 10% new. The fruit comes from Stellebosch and Paarl, and the main component is Syrah (53%), the oldest is 25-year-old bush vine Cinsault (19%). It is meaty and has a touch of cool climate herbaceous lift, pepper, spice and a bright overall picture. Lovely texture and ripe succulent damson and berries. The finish is rich with tobacco and spice, but such a solid fruit concentration.
(2015) A blend of 67% Syrah, the rest Touriga Nacional, Cinsault and Grenache. The juiciness of this is what impresses, with fabulous keen, bright fruit, the red cherry and the liquorice edge of alacrity. Fabulously drinkable stuff.
(2015) High altitude vineyards again for the wine that helped put Crystallum on the map, now with delightful truffle and briar depth, with such a lovely terroir character of sweet earth and mushroom, a good core of taut berry fruit and tight tannins, and delightful acidity keeping it tight and focused.