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Paul Cluver Wines

Not released since 2014, this is consistently one of the Cape’s greatest sweet wines...

Tim Atkin MW

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Paul Cluver are the biggest single Riesling grower in South Africa. For this, grapes are left on the vines to ripen and botrytis is allowed to flourish.

A nose and palate of fresh pineapple, marmalade, kumquat and honey characters. The mouthfeel is beautifully balanced and full with a fresh acidity; long and lingering.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

9.9 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

189.6 g/L

pH

2.95

ACIDITY

11.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Andries Burger

VARIETY

Riesling

FINED USING

Isinglass

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

Half bottle

REGION

Elgin

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vinification details

Grapes were left on the vines to ripen and botrytis allowed to flourish; bunch sorting took place in the vineyard to eliminate any traces of sour rot. Harvest took place on 20th March and 13th April, with grapes coming in at 35° Brix. A second stage of sorting occured at the cellar to ensure that no sour rot is processed with the botrytis-infected grapes. Following skin contact, berries were pressed and juice settled at 5°C for two days. Fermentation was controlled at 14°-16°C over a period of eight weeks.

Awards

IWC 2018 and 2019: Gold and ‘South African Sweet’ Trophy
Tim Atkins MW: 96 pts
Platter: 5*
Greg Sherwood MW: 96 pts
IWSC 2018: Gold Outstanding
DWWA 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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... taut lovely focus of fruit and acidity, balanced elegantly by flavours of crème brûlée and pralines on the finish. Fresh and appetising with the ability to age further.

Decanter 2016

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Paul Cluver are the biggest single Riesling grower in South Africa. For this, grapes are left on the vines to ripen and botrytis is allowed to flourish.

A very expressive nose, with apricot and pineapple aromas dominating. Soft cardamom pod fragrances and orange blossom are noticeable too. All these characteristics follow through onto the luscious, creamy palate which finishes clean.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

10.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

137.7 g/L

pH

3.35

ACIDITY

8.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Andries Burger

VARIETY

Riesling

HARVEST DATE

February 2014

FINED USING

Isinglass

SULPHUR

Total: 231 Free: 31

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

Half bottle

REGION

Elgin

Vintage conditions

Bunch sorting took place in the vineyard to eliminate any traces of sour rot rather than noble rot. Harvest took place from 8th to 11th of April, with grapes coming in at 34° Brix.

Vinification details

A second stage of sorting occurred at the cellar to ensure that no sour rot was processed with the Botrytis-infected grapes. Following skin contact, berries were pressed and juice settled at 5°C for two days. Fermentation was controlled at 14°-16°C over a period of eight weeks.

Awards

IWC 2017: Gold and ‘Great Value Sweet Under £15’ Trophy
DWWA 2016: Platinum and Regional Trophy for ‘Best South African Sweet Wine under £15’
Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts
IWSC 2016: Gold
Platter: 4.5*

Green credentials

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

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