Paul Cluver Seven Flags Chardonnay

South Africa | 2018

£49 a bottle

Grapes for the Seven Flags Chardonnay are selected from the two oldest Chardonnay vineyards on the Cluver estate, which are also the oldest vineyards in Elgin. Buttered toast/brioche on the nose with some citrus notes of tangerine fruit and citrus blossom, 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, poise and focus.

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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.

Grape Variety

100% Chardonnay

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.

Food Match

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.

Alcohol Percentage


In the Press

Tim Atkin MW: 96 pts
DWWA: Platinum
IWC: Gold & Trophy ‘Best Elgin Chardonnay’
Platter: 4.5*

Additional information

Grape Variety



Country of Origin




Full Bodied & Rich Whites

Food Pairing

Pork, Poultry, Roasted Vegetables, White Fish

Alcohol Percentage



Vegetarian, Vegan


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