Neal Martin für Parkers Wine Advocate über Paul Cluver: ?Paul Cluver remains one of my favorite producers not only in Elgin, but in South Africa, purveyors of some of the most scintillating Chardonnays that I have tasted. Andries Burger is certainly one of the most talented winemakers in the Cape and their recent releases retained the consistency that I have found in recent years. Their crown jewel, the 2015 Seven Flags Chardonnay, is clearly world class (as I have come to expect).?
|% vol Alk:||13,0|
|Notizen des Weinguts:||Currently there are 13.7 hectares planted to Chardonnay on the estate, which equates to 18.2% of the total plantings. Clones include 76, 95 175, 270, 548 and 1066. The first vines were planted in 1987 and the youngest blocks in 2016. Vines range in age from 1 to 30 years. The soil is predominantly decomposed Bokkeveld Shale with underlying clay layers of varying depths. Vines are planted on East, South east facing and South- South West facing slopes. Height above sea level ranges from 280 to 350 meters. The grapes for the Seven Flags Chardonnay is selected from the two oldest Chardonnay vineyards on the property and also the oldest vineyards in Elgin. These south facing vineyards are planted to clones 175 and 270. With the Western Cape being in a 3year drought, the summer leading to the 2017 harvest will be remembers as one of the driest. We started harvesting Chardonnay the 23rd of February and finished the 10th of March. Fortunately, we do experience very cool night temperatures in Elgin, this helped the grapes retain freshness. The grapes for the Seven Flags Chardonnay was harvested on the 6th and 7th of March from our oldest Chardonnay Vineyards planted in 1987. 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, stabilized and prepared for bottling. After whole bunch pressing and settling without any settling agents, the wine was 100% wild fermented in a selection of French oak barrels. (28% new, the rest 2nd and 3rd fill.) Lees stirring was done to a much lesser degree than previous years to retain freshness. The wine remained on the lees for a total of nine months without any Sulphur addition. Fish, poultry, pork and game bird dishes work well with this wine. It works particularly well with creamy pastas and salmon dishes. The good acidity and balance between wood and fruit keeps the wine from being overly rich and consequently great without food too. Mussel soup is a perfect match. Tasting Notes: Hints 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 ruby grapefruit at the end. These characteristics follow through onto the palate. The fine, fresh acidity lifts the fruit, give the wine lovely freshness and adds poise and focus to the wine.|
|Potenziell allergene Substanzen:||Enthält Sulfite. Kann Spuren von Eiweiß, Gelatine und Milch enthalten.|
|Importeur:||Joh. Eggers Sohn GmbH, Speicher I, Konsul-Smidt-Str. 8 J, D-28217 Bremen.|
|Hersteller:||Paul Cluver Wines, PO Box 48, Grabouw, 7160, Südafrika, Telefon: +27 21 844 0605.|