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The drought affected yields in Elgin in 2018, but it didn't affect the quality in the slightest.

Tim Atkin MW

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The first plantings of Chardonnay at Paul Cluver date from 1987, just a year after the Cluver family established the vineyards at the De Rust farm, and in doing so becoming the first winery in Elgin.

The wine shows a light hay hue in colour, with citrus, some stone fruit and oak notes on the nose. Tangerine fruit and citrus blossom fragrances are apparent, with hints of vanilla pod and almond flakes. The palate is an exciting combination of crisp citrus fruit with great complexity and concentration. The balanced, fresh acidity is natural, and adds focus to the wine.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.9 g/L

pH

3.35

ACIDITY

6.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Chardonnay

TIME IN OAK

9 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Elgin

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Weather conditions leading to the 2018 harvest were dry but not warm. The first Chardonnay
was harvested on 16th February and the last on 8th March. The very cool night temperatures experienced in Elgin helped the grapes retain freshness.

Vinification details

This wine was made from a 100% non-inoculated fermentation in a selection of French oak barrels (33% new, the rest 2nd; 3rd and 4th fill). Lees stirring was done and the wine remained on the lees for a total of nine months. Only 38% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, all without inoculation, further ensuring freshness and acidity. After tasting and blending trials, the wine was assembled, stabilised and prepared for bottling.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
Platter: 4.5*
IWC: Gold
DWWA & IWSC: Silver

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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... delivers a lot of flavour at the price.

Tim Atkin MW

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The first plantings of Chardonnay at Paul Cluver date from 1987, just a year after the Cluver family established the vineyards at the De Rust farm, and in doing so becoming the first winery in Elgin.

On the nose this wine shows citrus and winter melon notes with some lightly toasted brioche in the background. Tangerine fruit and citrus blossom fragrances are apparent, with hints of vanilla pod and almond flakes. These characteristics follow through onto the palate where the fine, fresh acidity is natural, and adds poise and focus to the wine.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.9 g/L

pH

3.34

ACIDITY

6.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Andries Burger

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

9 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Elgin

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

After a dry winter the summer leading to the 2017 harvest will be remembered as one of the driest in the Western Cape. Harvest of Chardonnay started on 22nd February and finished on 10th March. The very cool night temperatures experienced in Elgin helped the grapes retain freshness.

Vinification details

This wine was 100% wild fermented in a selection of French oak barrels (30% new, the rest 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill.) Lees stirring was done and the wine remained on the lees for a total of nine months without any addition of sulphur. Only 25% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, all without inoculation, further ensuring freshness and acidity. After tasting and blending trials, the wine was assembled from the best barrels, stabilised and prepared for bottling.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts
Decanter: 91 pts
IWC 2018: Silver
DWWA 2018: Silver
IWSC 2018: Silver

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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… combines flavours of oatmeal and spicy oak with tangy acidity and creamy, lees-derived mid palate texture. Deliciously drinkable.

Tim Atkin MW

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The first plantings of Chardonnay at Paul Cluver date from 1987, just a year after the Cluver family established the vineyards at the De Rust farm, and in doing so becoming the first winery in Elgin.

Lots of buttered toast/brioche on the nose with some citrus aspects too. Tangerine fruit and citrus blossom fragrances are apparent, with hints of vanilla pod and almond flakes. These characteristics follow through onto the palate where the fine, fresh acidity is natural, and adds poise and focus to the wine.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.24

ACIDITY

7.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Andries Burger

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2016

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

9 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Elgin

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

After a dry winter the summer leading to the 2016 harvest will be remembered as one of the driest in the Western Cape, it was also the earliest harvest experienced at Paul Cluver Wines. Harvest of Chardonnay started on 16th February and finished on 11th March. Fortunately, the very cool night temperatures experienced in Elgin helped the grapes retain freshness.

Vinification details

This wine was 100% wild fermented in a selection of French oak barrels (20% new, the rest 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill). Lees stirring was done to a much lesser degree than in previous years to retain freshness. The wine remained on the lees for a total of nine months without any addition of sulphur. Only 15% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, all without inoculation, further ensuring freshness and acidity. After tasting and blending trials, the wine was assembled from the best barrels, stabilised and prepared for bottling.

Awards

DWWA 2017: Gold
Platter: 4.5*
IWSC 2017: Silver Outstanding
IWC 2017: Silver
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Zesty fruit aromas, apricot and baked apple fruit flavours. Delicious oak integration and a good complex finish.

International Wine Challenge 2016

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The first plantings of Chardonnay at Paul Cluver date from 1987, just a year after the Cluver family established the vineyards at the De Rust farm, and in doing so becoming the first winery in Elgin.

Lots of buttered toast/brioche on the nose with some citrus aspects too. Tangerine fruit and citrus blossom fragrances are apparent, with hints of vanilla pod and almond flakes. These characteristics follow through onto the palate where the fine, fresh acidity is natural, and adds poise and focus to the wine.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.9 g/L

pH

3.38

ACIDITY

7.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Andries Burger

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2015

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

9 months

SULPHUR

Total: 131 Free: 46

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Elgin

Vintage conditions

Generally a very healthy crop resulting from a very cool vintage. Harvesting started on 16th February and continued until 4th March. Average yield was 6.6 tons per hectare and grapes came in at 21.8° – 23.5° Brix at an average temperature of 15°C. In 2014 the estate started picking at night to ensure the grapes arrived cool and fresh at the cellar; in the 2015 vintage they experienced the coolest night temperatures of the previous eight years.

Vinification details

This wine was 100% wild fermented in a selection of French oak barrels (20% new, the rest 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill). Lees stirring was done to a much lesser degree than in previous years to retain freshness. The wine remained on the lees for a total of nine months without any addition of sulphur. Only 10% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, all without inoculation, further ensuring freshness and acidity. After tasting and blending trials, the wine was assembled from the best barrels, stabilised and prepared for bottling.

Awards

Decanter 2016: Gold
IWC 2016: Silver
IWSC 2016: Silver Outstanding
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
eRobertParker.com: 90 pts

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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