2020 Paul Cluver Seven Flags Chardonnay
The special climate of Elgin allows Paul Cluver to make wines with a special acid balance and an almost European style. The reference for Chardonnay wines from South Africa is Paul Cluver. The Seven Flags Chardonnay is the first release from 27-year-old vines, some of the oldest in South Africa. The vines are clones of burgundy vines from Dijon. The 7 Flags by Paul Cluver has a clear, mineral driven bouquet with a hint of sea salt and limestone. The palate is very well balanced and very Burgundy-like, more Chassagne than Meursault with a very long, slightly spiced finish with the 30% new oak deftly integrated. 2014 was the debut of this beautiful wine and has been rated very highly every year. This wine has a great drinking window of 2022-2033+ Fish, poultry, pork and game dishes pair beautifully with this wine. It goes particularly well with creamy pasta and salmon dishes. The good acidity and balance between wood and fruit keeps the wine not too rich and therefore great without food.
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Parker (2017): 91/100
Tim Atkin (2017): 96/100
Decanter World Wine Awards (2016): 95/100 & Platinum Best In Show
International Wine Challenge (2016): Silver
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||2022|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|