Paul Cluver Wines
Paul Cluver Noble Late Harvest 2020
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 counterbalance of fresh, crisp acidity.
Production notes – vintage: The classic Elgin cloud blanket of moist weather was followed by a drier period, creating the perfect conditions for the development of partially-raisined botrytis grapes. Bunch sorting was done in the vineyard to select only botrytis bunches.
Production notes – vinification: Once the grapes arrived at the cellar they were spread out on the sorting tables for both bunch and berry sorting to ensure only the best botrytis fruit was selected. Following skin contact, berries were pressed, and juice settled at 5° Celsius for two days. Fermentation was controlled at 14°-16°C over a period of eight weeks.
Bottle size – 37.5cl
Price per bottle £19.55
17 in stock
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