- 96 Punkte Tim Atkin
- John Platter 4,5/5 Sternen: "Fine mineral core & precise acid-fruit tension among hallmarks of this flagship white. Site & natural ferment in oak both contribute to 2017’s richness, texture & complexity, judicious 8 months 31% new barrels roughly equal to sibling."
- 93 Punkte Vinous, Neal Martin (11/2019): "The 2017 Seven Flags Chardonnay is whole-bunch-pressed for nine months. It has a lovely bouquet of passion fruit and pineapple mixed with crushed stone/chalky scents. The well-balanced palate offers crisp acidity, moderate depth, a tightly wound finish and a hazelnut-tinged aftertaste. Enjoy this Seven Flags, one of the Cape's most dependable Chardonnays, over the next decade. 2021-2030.
- 93 Punkte Vinous, Neal Martin (08/2018): "The 2017 Seven Flags Chardonnay was matured in French oak barrels for nine months using 31% new oak, the rest second- and third-fill. The nose is a little more closed than the Estate Chardonnay at this early juncture, although there is a brooding intensity here. This is well defined, displaying hints of dried honey and white peach with aeration. The palate is fresh and crisp with hints of Golden Delicious and orange peel, the oak very well integrated and with an almost Meursault-like, nutty finish. Give this two or three years in bottle. Excellent. 2021-2030."
- 91 Punkte Robert Parkers WINE ADVOCATE, Anthony Mueller: "The nose is delicate and focused on the 2017 Seven Flags Chardonnay with yellow pear the apples and Meyer lemon, and oak tones of popcorn kernel and graham cracker. The palate is delicate yet precise with the oak integrated seamlessly over the mid-palate and gives a beautiful elegant spice to the wine. The finish is clean and exactly what it should be for a medium-bodied wine with a medium lingering finish. This is good juice with only 5,400 bottles made."
- "Best Chardonnay in the World" DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2017 für Jahrgang 2016
- 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).“
|Neal Martin:||93 NM|
|% vol Alk:||13,5|
|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/Inverkehrbringer:||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.|