‘To my mind, this is the best Seven Flags Pinot release to date.’ – Tim Atkin MW, South Africa  Report 2016 Pioneering in spirit, no family has been more influential than…

‘To my mind, this is the best Seven Flags Pinot release to date.’ – Tim Atkin MW, South Africa  Report 2016

Pioneering in spirit, no family has been more influential than the Cluvers in establishing Elgin as one of SA’s finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir regions. The Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the benchmarks that all other wines from this region are measured against. With Andries Burger’s passion, and the assistance of Burgundian consultant Martin Prieur, these flagship wines have seen a steady and marked refinement over the last few years.

The 2015 Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir is leading the charge. It’s a refined and accomplished release with a deftness that shows a coming-of-age in SA’s Pinot Noir journey. This is the standout Pinot from Elgin. The 2016 Paul Cluver Seven Flags Chardonnay has recently been named ‘Best in Show’ at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards. Planted in the late 1980s, it is from the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in Elgin and has been at the forefront of SA’s recent Chardonnay revolution.

These special wines are only available in very limited quantities.

Tasting notes:

Paul Cluver, Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2015 – R 595
To my mind, this is the best Seven Flags Pinot release to date, a glorious expression of a fantastic Cape vintage. Deeply coloured, it’s serious, dense, complex stuff that’s made to develop in bottle rather than dazzle in its youth. Plummy, well balanced and rich, it has a patina of new oak, filigree tannins and a core of dark fruit. Drink: 2017-2024. – Tim Atkin MW, 2016 South Africa Report, 95/100

Paul Cluver, Seven Flags Chardonnay 2016 – R 595
Refined and elegant, the nose shows complex notes of white peach, lemon and dill. Full and intense with a core of rich fruit, smoke and vanilla, the finish is delicious with mineral tautness. Alc.: 13.5%. – Decanter World Wine Awards 2017, Best Chardonnay in Show, 95/100

 

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