Peter Max Pinot Noir 2020
Hemel en Aarde, South Africa
Peter and Max are the first names of the growers who supplied the fruit for the first vintage of this wine. The fruit sources have since changed but the name remains to honor the beginnings of our multi-vineyard Pinot Noir blend. The philosophy here is to use the different batches to form a blend that is more than the sum of its parts.
Naturally fermented with 50% of the fruit de-stemmed and the remainder left as whole clusters. Extraction is kept to a minimum during active fermentation with a total time of 4 weeks on the skins.
'A wine that follows in the full bodied footsteps of the 2019 with cranberry, pomegranate and bruised strawberry on the nose as well as rose, rosemary and fynbos. The palate shows a darker edge, featuring olive tapenade and soy as well a hint of grilled meat. The tannins are supple but, with a stemmy, pine-needle grip that adds structure along with a fresh acid, this wine is accessible now and will improve through 2030.' – Peter-Allan Finlayson, Winemaker
94 points, Falstaff
"Iron-oxide blends with ripe, red cherry on the nose, that same red, luscious cherry, edged with white pepper, continues on the supple, translucent palate. There is cherry freshness and spicy poise. The iron-oxide returns on the finish with lovely, spicy resonance to accompany the cherry ripeness." - 94/100, Falstaff
92 points, Vinous Media
'This demands coaxing, eventually revealing brambly red fruit, briar, damp moss and then later, hints of morello cherries. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, taut and crisp, delivering very pure tart red fruit. There is an attractive "bite" toward the finish, which is structured like a Morey-Saint-Denis, the lingering salinity urging you back. Excellent, but give it a couple of years for the aromatics to fully open. Drink 2024 - 2037.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 92/100 (Apr 2021)