2022 Paul Cluver Village Chardonnay
The special climate of Elgin allows Paul Cluver to make wines with a special acid balance and an almost European style. Paul Cluver has been among the top 10 in South Africa for years. Paul Clover Sr. was the first to plant vineyards in this cool area of Elgin, located on the coast, where apple trees and fog still fill the valley. Winemaker Andries Burger and Paul Cluver jr are both obsessed with Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Burgundy and Elgin is one of the best regions to make this high quality. The white wines are very pure and have tension that we mainly encounter in the Old World. The Pinot Noir is one of the best and most affordable examples currently available from this beautiful country. In 2014, the Sauvignon Blanc was voted 'best Sauvignon Blanc under 15 pounds in the world' at the World Wine Awards!
The Paul Cluver Village Chardonnay is a nice cool climate Chardonnay from Elgin. This lightly wood-aged Chardonnay has an expressive nose containing the scents of citrus, green apples and white peach supported by a light touch of wood. In the taste you will find the same notes, supported by fresh acidity and a long finish with a fine minerality.
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||2023|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|