10 Cape winemakers to watch

Peter-Allan Finlayson, Crystallum

Peter-Allan FinlaysonAnother winemaker who has been building his own stellar reputation is Peter-Allan Finlayson, who set up Cristallum with his brother Andrew nearly a decade ago.

With their father at Bouchard Finlayson recognised as a major pioneer of Pinot Noir and Hemel en Aarde Valley, the duo have dedicated Cristallum to pursuing high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a focus on single vineyard plots around the wider Walker Bay region.

The latest addition to this portfolio is Mabalel Pinot Noir, which comes from a rocky quartz vineyard 60km inland and at 600m altitude. A number of disinterested parties at last week’s Cape Wine were volunteering this wine as South Africa’s finest expression of Pinot Noir, so its future looks bright.

“There aren’t a lot of guys doing single vineyard Pinot Noir yet but there are so many sites,” comments Finlayson. “I look at what those Swartland guys like Eben Sadie and Mullineux have done. Ten years ago it was all about the estate model, but now that’s all fallen away. It’s changed the rules and opened things up a lot.”

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