This wine has a lovely luminosity – the colour is bright crimson. The nose has delicate earthy aromas combined with red and dark berry flavours. On the palate these characteristics follow through combining with interesting savoury notes and just a touch of oak on the finish.
Only Burgundian clones (667, 113,115 and 777) are used. Extensive individual berry sorting was done by hand prior to crushing. This was followed by cold maceration at 12°- 14° Celsius for 6-8 days. The fermentation was allowed to start naturally and was then some tanks were inoculated with selected strains of Burgundian yeast after 3 – 4 days to ensure a complete fermentation. Where we experienced strong clean wild ferments, it was allowed to continue. During the fermentation, the skin cap was punched through by hand 2 times per day. After fermentation, the wine was transferred to French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place. (27% new wood, the rest 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill.) Maturation in oak was for 12 months, on the lees for the full period. After tasting and blending trials, the wine was racked (displaced using Nitrogen gas rather than pumping), assembled and prepared for bottling.
The natural acidity makes it a perfect partner with a diversity of dishes. Game fish, game birds and venison work very well, as does grilled beef and strong, hard cheese. Vegan friendly
Paul Cluver Wines is a family owned and family run winery, focused on producing world class wines that reflect the uniqueness of the cool-climate Elgin terroir. The family is proud to have pioneered the Elgin appellation and for being a leader in sustainable farming.
“This remains the benchmark Elgin producer of wine and in their Seven Flags Chardonnay, Andries Burger has conjured one of the standouts of the vintage, white or red. Just a showstopper of a Chardonnay that gives a lot of Burgundy a run for its money (and I’ve tasted a lot of white Burgundy). If you want to know how good South African whites can be, then look no further than Paul Cluver.”
– Neal Martin from Robert Parker
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