Located in the Elgin Valley, approximately 70km south-east of Cape Town. The area became successful in the apple growing industry in the mid 20th century, therefore was identified as a suitable cool-climate wine growing region.
Paul Cluver wines is situated on the De Rust estate, which has been in the family since 1896. As well as top-quality wine production, the estate is also involved with a number of conservation initiatives, covering an area of 1013 hectares. Meanwhile, Paul Cluver himself is founding chairman of the Groenlandberg Conservancy, covering a vast 34000 hectares. The estate also forms part of the UNESCO world heritage site, the Kogelberg Biosphere.
The first plantings of Chardonnay at Paul Cluver date from 1987, just a year after the Cluver family established the vineyards at the De Rust farm, and in doing so becoming the first winery in Elgin. This wine is from several component blocks of Chardonnay from the Estate. Fermented in large Foudre oak vats (2500l), older small oak barrels and tank. The small oak barrel component was left to spontaneously ferment. The other two components were inoculated with a selection of Burgundian yeast strains. Aged for 7 months on the less and then blended.
Fish, poultry, pork and game bird dishes work well with this wine. It works particularly well with creamy pastas and salmon dishes