2017 Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay Elgin
The reference for Chardonnay wines is Paul Cluver with the super scarce Seven Flags. Cluver knows how to make a good chardonnay. No dusty wine but a wonderful cool-climate Chardonnay supported by subtle wood use. Everything is in balance with this beautiful chardonnay. Nice fruit and nice acids. The nose is characterized by subtle use of wood. Further tones of citrus and some blossoms. In the mouth fresh acids and a somewhat creamy aftertaste. The reviews don't lie with standard 90+ points either.
- Wine Enthusiast March 2015: 90 points 2012
- Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 - Regional Trophy Winner - Gold Medal (2014)
- Perswijn magazine October 2015 - **** (*)
- Robert Parker May 2016: 93 pts (2014)
- Robert Parker May 2016: 90 pts (2015)
Paul Cluver is located in Elgin, one of the coolest regions of South Africa. Paul Clüver is originally an apple company, but since 1986, on the initiative of owner Paul Clüver, also a wine company. Due to its location in a very cool area, directly by the sea, wines are made here with a remarkable finesse and freshness. Third generation starts with wine. The estate of the Clüver family, De Rust, was acquired in 1896 by the grandfather of the current owner, Paul Clüver.
Soil samples were taken during the 1980s, which showed that viticulture was perfectly possible here. It was then decided to replace part of the apple orchards with vineyards. It was initially agreed to process the grapes into wine on the Nederburg Estate, one of the
most famous houses of the Cape. The first grapes were planted in 1986: Sauvigon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Weisser Riesling. The latter grape has been planted to make sweet wines with the help of noble rot. The estate's wines are now entirely made in-house to give them their own character. Andries Burger, the winemaker of Paul Clüver, is responsible. Dr. Paul Clüver himself is still involved in his own profession: neurosurgery.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Drinking as of||2019|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Round, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard, Voor alledag|