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Noble Late Harvest Riesling, Paul Cluver

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.

This wine is an explosion of dried fruit flavours and hints of frangipani notes on the nose. The palate is exciting and vibrant, dried apricots and dried pineapple flavours are very expressive and there is great play between the sweetness and racy acidity on the palate. This is a hall mark of a great sweet wine as it does not leave a sweet and cloying sensation in the mouth, but rather of freshness and balance.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

10.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

177.4 g/L

pH

2.97

ACIDITY

11.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Andries Burger

VARIETY

Riesling

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

Half bottle

REGION

Elgin

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

After a cold winter with higher-than-average rainfall they experienced great growing conditions leading to the 2021 harvest. Spring and summer were cooler with 190 hours more under 10°C than the previous vintage. The moderate day temperatures and cool night temperatures were ideal for the development of flavour and retaining high natural acidities in the grapes. 42 mm of rain fell in the first half of March which created prefect conditions for the development of Botrytis. Riesling grapes with signs of Botrytis
development were left to further concentrate the berries. The Noble rot grapes were harvested on the 14th and 15th of April, at 40.8 °Brix with a 2.96 pH and total acidity of 11. 5 g/l.

Vinification details

A second stage of bunch and berry sorting occurs at the cellar to ensure that no sour rot is
processed with the Botrytis infected grapes. Following skin contact for two days the berries
were pressed, and juice settled at 5° Celsius for two days. Fermentation is controlled at
14°-16 ° Celsius over a period of 10 weeks after which, the wine was stabilized and filtered.

Green credentials

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

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Palate complex with quince and apricot flavours.

IWC 2021

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Noble Late Harvest Riesling, Paul Cluver

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.

Sensational aromas of apricots, dried pineapple and honey notes that dance on the palate. The divine mouthfeel has a delightful viscosity and great balance with a zesty finish due to fresh acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

12.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

146.5 g/L

pH

3.28

ACIDITY

10.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Andries Burger

VARIETY

Riesling

HARVEST DATE

March 2020

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

Half bottle

REGION

Elgin

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

The classic Elgin cloud blanket of moist weather was followed by a drier period, creating the perfect conditions for the development of partially-raisined botrytis grapes. Bunch sorting was done in the vineyard to selected only botrytis bunches. Harvest took place on 27th March with the Noble Late Harvest grapes coming in at 35.3° Brix.

Vinification details

Once the grapes arrived at the cellar they were spread out on the sorting tables for both bunch and berry sorting to ensure only the best botrytis fruit was selected. Following skin contact, berries were pressed, and juice settled at 5° Celsius for two days. Fermentation was controlled at 14°-16°C over a period of eight weeks.

Awards

IWC: Gold
DWWA: Silver
Tim Atkin MW: 96 pts
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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Not released since 2014, this is consistently one of the Cape’s greatest sweet wines...

Tim Atkin MW

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Noble Late Harvest Riesling, Paul Cluver

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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Noble Late Harvest Riesling, Paul Cluver

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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