Paul Cluver Wines
Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2017, Paul Cluver
South Africa / Stellenbosch
Andy's Tasting Notes
A truly world class dessert wine whose price is a snip when compared to some of my favourite German examples of similar quality.
Candied oranges, pineapple, lime and honey. Luscious and creamy yet a perfect counter-balance of fresh, crisp acidity.
Grapes were left on the vines to ripen and botrytis allowed to flourish; bunch sorting took place in the vineyard to eliminate any traces of sour rot. Harvest took place on 20th March and 13th April, with grapes coming in at 35° Brix. A second stage of sorting occurred at the cellar to ensure that no sour rot is processed with the botrytis-infected grapes. Following skin contact, berries were pressed and juice settled at 5°C for two days. Fermentation was controlled at 14°-16°C over a period of eight weeks.
Decanter Magazine December 2019 – The 30 best Cape Wines under £20.
Two sweet wines made it into the top 30, one of which is the Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2017, Paul Cluver.
Price per bottle £18.75
The Cluver family bought the De Rust farm in 1896 to provide summer grazing for their livestock. In the mid 1900s it became a renowned apple-producing area and was subsequently identified as an ideal cool climate wine region. This in turn led to the establishment of the Paul Cluver wine estate, the first winery in Elgin, founded in 1986. Recognised as pioneers of wine in the area, the focus is on producing elegant wines that are expressive of the terroir.
The wine business forms part of a 2000+ hectare holistic farming business called ‘De Rust Estate’, which includes the vineyards and cellar, apple and pear orchards, a Hereford stud and eco-tourism activities, including amphitheatre concerts on the farm. Forming part of the UNESCO world heritage site, the Kogelberg Biosphere, half of the estate has been set aside for conservation into perpetuity.
A World Wine Fund for Nature (WWF) conservation champion and accredited IPW estate.
Food matchLemon meringue pie / Dolcelatte cheese
Awards & Critic Reviews
IWC 2018: Gold and ‘South African Sweet’ Trophy
Tim Atkins MW: 96 pts
Greg Sherwood MW: 96 pts
IWSC 2018: Gold Outstanding
DWWA 2018: Silver