Mabalel Pinot Noir

Mabalel is named after a poem by the legendary South African polymath Eugene Marais, which tells the story of a local chieftain’s daughter of the same name who was ambushed while fetching water from the Limpopo river by the crocodile, Lalele. The vineyard is planted on ‘Kaaimansgat’ farm - meaning Crocodile’s lair - and a river flows past the vineyard. The site is 700m high and surrounded by dramatic mountains, with peaks that are are often snow-capped in winter.

Latest release (2017)

Elegant, seductive vintage offering bold red plum, tomato leaf and a hint of sourdough on the nose. The palate shows mandarin peel and both a savoury and floral freshness with notes of lavender and white mushroom. Fine tannins and a long, savoury finish.


Fermented using only native yeasts and with a far lower portion of the fruit kept as whole clusters (10%) than the other Crystallum cuvées. The total time in tank was 25 days with a 14 day post-fermentation maceration. The wine was then transferred to barrel (20% new) where it remained for 11 months before bottling.

Technical Analysis

pH 3.57
alc% 14.0%
Total acidity 5.4 g/l

Total sulphites 38 mg/l
Residual sugar 1.7 g/l