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Seven Flags Pinot Noir, Paul Cluver

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Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.5
Residual sugar
2.4
pH
3.29
Acidity
6.1
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Seven Flags Pinot Noir combines site and barrel selection to produce the ultimate expression of the Paul Cluver estate’s terroir.
Tasting note

This wine embodies the essence of great Pinot Noir: purity of fruit and balanced acidity, which gives structure to the wine. Well defined with amazing poise, the colour is bright red, alluring and luminous. The aroma has wonderful elegant red and dark berry fruit expression, ending with lovely soft oak notes. The palate is a combination of firm concentration and freshness, with some enticing savoury notes, and amazing length and complexity with great freshness lifting the fruit.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Pinot Noir
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Andries Burger
Closure
Cork
Region
Elgin
Vegan
Yes

Vintage conditions

The growing season of the vines, prior and during to the 2018 harvest, consisted of moderate day temperatures and cool night temperatures which was ideal for the development of quality grapes. Harvesting the Pinot Noir started on the 9th of February and finishing the 1st of March. Picking of the grapes took place in the early, cool hours of the morning to protect the quality of the grapes during processing.

Vinification details

Extensive individual berry sorting was done by hand prior to destemming, with no crushing. The selected grapes were transported in satellite tanks and the fermenting vats filled by gravity. This was followed by cold maceration at 12-14°C for 6 days. The fermentation in 3.5T wooden vats was allowed to start naturally. Some completed fermentation without inoculation and others were inoculated with selected Burgundian yeast. The skin cap was punched through by hand no more than twice daily. After fermentation, the wine was pressed and racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation and remained on the fine lees for 12 months. To confirm the superiority of the vineyard sites, the earmarked Seven Flags Pinot Noir barrels are tasted blind in conjunction with all Paul Cluver Pinot Noir barrels in the cellar. The best of the site are then selected and blended to form the Seven Flags Pinot Noir. The new wood and 2nd fill components equate to 34% each, and the remainder 3rd and 4th fill.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.8
Residual sugar
1.9
pH
3.53
Acidity
5.4
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Seven Flags Pinot Noir combines site and barrel selection to produce the ultimate expression of the Paul Cluver estate’s terroir.
Tasting note

This is a very well defined wine with an alluring, luminous colour. The aroma has elegant red and dark fruit expression ending with lovely soft oak notes. All these follow through on the palate with some savoury notes as well, the palate has great length and complexity with freshness lifting the fruit.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Pinot Noir
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Andries Burger
Closure
Cork
Region
Elgin
Vegan
Yes

Vintage conditions

With the Western Cape being in a three-year drought, the summer leading to the 2017 harvest will be remembered as one of the driest. Fortunately, the very cool night temperatures experienced in Elgin helped the grapes retain freshness. Harvest of Seven Flags Pinot Noir started on 22nd February with the picking completed on 27th February.

Vinification details

The approach to winemaking for Seven Flags follows that of the Paul Cluver Pinot Noir initially. Extensive individual berry sorting was done by hand prior to destemming, no crushing of the grapes is allowed. After destemming the berries were transported in satellite tanks and the fermenting vats filled by gravity. This was followed by cold maceration at 12°- 14°C for 6 days. The fermentation in 3.5 ton wooden vats was allowed to start naturally, some vats completed fermentation without inoculation and others were inoculated with selected Burgundian yeast. During the fermentation, the skin cap was punched through by hand no more than twice per day. After fermentation, the wine was pressed and racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation and remained on the fine lees for 12 months. To confirm the superiority of the vineyard sites, the ear-marked Seven Flags Pinot Noir barrels were tasted blind in conjunction with all the other Paul Cluver Pinot Noir barrels in the cellar. The best barrels of the site were then selected and blended to form the Seven Flags Pinot Noir. The total new wood component equates to 14%, second fill barrels are 41% with the rest 3rd and 4th fill.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.6
Residual sugar
2.1
pH
3.63
Acidity
5.0
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Seven Flags Pinot Noir combines site and barrel selection to produce the ultimate expression of the Paul Cluver estate’s terroir.
Tasting note

This is a very well defined wine with an alluring, luminous colour. The aroma has elegant red and dark fruit expression ending with lovely floral notes. All these follow through on the palate with some savoury notes as well, the palate has great length and complexity with freshness lifting the fruit.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Pinot Noir
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Andries Burger
Closure
Cork
Region
Elgin
Vegan
Yes

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. Fortunately the very cool night temperatures experienced in Elgin helped the grapes retain freshness. Harvest of Seven Flags Pinot Noir commenced on 17th February and was completed by 26th February.

Vinification details

The approach to winemaking for Seven Flags follows that of the Paul Cluver Pinot Noir initially. Extensive individual berry sorting was done by hand prior to destemming, no crushing of the grapes is allowed. After destemming the berries were transported in satellite tanks and the fermenting vats filled by gravity. This was followed by cold maceration at 12°- 14°C for 6 days. The fermentation in 3.5 ton wooden vats was allowed to start naturally before inoculating with selected Burgundian yeast after a third of the fermentation was completed. During the fermentation, the skin cap was punched through by hand no more than twice per day. After fermentation, the wine was racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation and remained on the fine lees for 11 months. To confirm the superiority of the vineyard sites, the ear-marked Seven Flags Pinot Noir barrels were tasted blind in conjunction with all the other Paul Cluver Pinot Noir barrels in the cellar. The best barrels of the site were then selected and blended to form the Seven Flags Pinot Noir. Total new wood component equates to 38%.

 

AWARDS
Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts IWC 2018: Silver IWSC 2018: Silver
Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.6
Residual sugar
2.2
pH
3.48
Acidity
5.7
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Seven Flags Pinot Noir combines site and barrel selection to produce the ultimate expression of the Paul Cluver estate’s terroir.
Tasting note

This is a very well defined wine with an alluring, luminous colour. The aroma has elegant red and dark fruit expression ending with lovely floral notes. All these follow through on the palate with some savoury notes as well, the palate has great length and complexity with freshness lifting the fruit.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Pinot Noir
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Yes
Winemaker
Andries Burger
Closure
Cork
Region
Elgin
Vegan
Yes

Vintage conditions

The estate believe that 2015 will be remembered as the vintage of the century; Andries Burger professes it to be the best vintage he has experienced at Paul Cluver, with all the wines made having incredible precision and amazing depth.

Vinification details

The approach to winemaking for Seven Flags follows that of the Paul Cluver Pinot Noir initially. Extensive individual berry sorting was done by hand prior to destemming, no crushing of the grapes is allowed. After destemming the berries were transported in satellite tanks and the fermenting vats filled by gravity. This was followed by cold maceration at 12°- 14°C for 6 days. The fermentation in two 3.5 ton wooden vats was allowed to start naturally before inoculating with selected Burgundian yeast. During the fermentation, the skin cap was punched through by hand no more than twice per day. After fermentation, the wine was racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation and remained on the fine lees for 11 months. To confirm the superiority of the vineyard sites, the ear-marked Seven Flags Pinot Noir barrels were tasted blind in conjunction with all the other Paul Cluver Pinot Noir barrels in the cellar. The best barrels of the site were then selected and blended to form the Seven Flags Pinot Noir. Total new wood component equates to 20%.

 

AWARDS
IWC 2017: Gold and Trophies 'Best Elgin Pinot Noir', 'Best South African Pinot Noir', 'Best South African Red' Platter: 4.5* IWSC 2017: Silver Outstanding DWWA 2017: Silver Old Mutual Wine Show 2017: Gold eRobertParker.com: 92 pts Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts
Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.9
Residual sugar
2.4
pH
3.50
Acidity
4.8
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Seven Flags Pinot Noir combines site and barrel selection to produce the ultimate expression of the Paul Cluver estate’s terroir.
Tasting note

The nose is alluring; multi-layered. First a whiff of soft dark cherries, then the characteristic spiciness Cluver always get from their fruit. After a while, the earthy mushroom notes come through and then, finally, soft perfumed oak. The palate structure is refined – the fruit structure, elegance, acidity and minerality perfectly balanced – which is what winemaker, Andries Burger, strives to achieve. It is a wonderfully understated, yet intriguingly complex wine.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Pinot Noir
Malolactic Fermentation
Yes
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
Blank
Winemaker
Andries Burger
Closure
Cork
Region
Elgin
Vegan
Blank

Vintage conditions

2014 was a very difficult vintage with lots of late summer rain. The Seven Flags grapes were harvested on the 24th February 2014 at 22.8° Balling and with a yield of 7 tons per hectare. Extensive sorting was done to ensure only the best quality grapes were used in making this wine.

Vinification details

The approach to winemaking for Seven Flags follows that of the Paul Cluver Pinot Noir initially. Only Burgundian clone 113 is used. Extensive individual berry sorting was done by hand prior to crushing. This was followed by cold maceration at 12°- 14°C for 6 days. The fermentation in two 3.5 ton wooden vats was allowed to start naturally before inoculating with selected Burgundian yeast. During the fermentation, the skin cap was punched through by hand 3-4 times per day or alternatively pumped over. After fermentation, the wine was racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation and remained on the fine lees for 11 months. To confirm the superiority of the vineyard sites, the ear-marked Seven Flags Pinot Noir barrels were tasted blind in conjunction with all the other Paul Cluver Pinot Noir barrels in the cellar. The best barrels of the site were then selected and blended to form the Seven Flags Pinot Noir. Total new wood component equates to 20%.

 

AWARDS
IWC 2016: Gold and Trophy 'Best Elgin Pinot Noir' IWSC 2016: Silver Outstanding Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts