Crystallum Bonafide Pinot Noir
Bona Fide is the Latin term for "In good trust" which refers appropriately to our relationship with the owners of the vineyards, the Lötter family, which extends back 30 years. It is only through a relationship based on complete trust that the resulting wine will do justice to this special site.
Latest release (2020)
After a one year hiatus, this wine returns with a vintage that is bold, balanced and intense. Aromatics of red cherry, pomegranate and rhubarb lead to a full mid palate with notes of soy, dark chocolate and wild rosemary adding gravitas to the high toned fruit. Fresh, black tea-like tannins provide savoury grip and conspire with a saline edge for a textured and long finish. A landmark vintage from the Vrede site.
Fermentation occurred spontaneously with no commercial yeasts added. There was a 70% whole bunch component with the rest de-stemmed but left intact as whole berries. Total time on skins was five weeks whereafter the wine spent 11 months in French oak barriques. 20% new oak.
Total acidity 5.5 g/l
Total sulphites 69 mg/l
Residual sugar 2.7 g/l