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.
After whole bunch pressing and settling (without any settling agents), the wine was 100% wild fermented in a selection of French oak barrels; 30% new, the rest second and third fill. Lees stirring was done to a lesser degree than in previous years to retain freshness. The wine remained on the lees for a total of nine months without any sulphur addition. A small proportion of the final blend underwent malolactic fermentation. After tasting and blending trials, the wine was assembled from the best barrels, stabilised and prepared for bottling.
Very versatile, pair nicely with full bodied and flavoured white fish and meats. Also late summer vegetable dishes such as butternut squash and pumpkin.
Suitable for vegetarians & vegans.
In the Press
Tim Atkin MW: 96 pts
IWC: Gold & Trophy ‘Best Elgin Chardonnay’