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Paul Cluver Wines - Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2015

Information

  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Overberg
  • Wine Area: Elgin
  • Wine Maker: Andries Burger
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.6%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Now - 2023
Food Matching

Food Matching

Would be superb with venison, game birds and strong hard cheese, and also a brilliant match for meaty, oily fish like salmon.

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Description

This is a vineyard and barrel selection Pinot Noir -to confirm the superiority of the vineyard sites, the ear-marked Seven Flags barrels were tasted blind in conjunction with all the other Pinot Noir barrels in the cellar. The best barrels of the site were then chosen and blended.
Winemaker Andries Burger says that 2015 is the best vintage he has ever experienced at Paul Cluver with all the wines having incredible precision and tremendous depth - this vintage will go down in history as one of the best in the South African wine industry.
This 2105 vintage is indeed a triumph, winning Gold medals at the 2017 International Wine Challenge - The best Elgin Pinot Noir, the best South African Pinot Noir, and the best South African Red.
Robert Parker 92 Points
Tim Aitken 95 Points
This is a very special wine that rivals Burgundy, and as only around 600 cases have been produced, availability is extremely limited.
The Latin phrase Est Unusquisque Faber Ipsae Suae Fortunae, also appears on the Cluver crest – this translates as “each and every person is the maker of his own luck”, and this flagship wine from Paul Cluver will become one of South Africa’s legends!
 
IWC 2017: Gold and Trophies ‘Best Elgin Pinot Noir’, ‘Best South African Pinot Noir’, ‘Best South African Red’
Platter: 4.5*
IWSC 2017: Silver Outstanding
DWWA 2017: Silver
Old Mutual Wine Show 2017: Gold

Wine tasting notes

This is a very well defined wine with amazing poise. Medium-bodied, and an alluring luminous garnet colour with purple reflections. The nose offers elegant red and dark fruits with perfumed floral nuances. These rich and ripe fruits follow through to the palate in lifted, juicy layers, with some sweet spice and savoury dried herb characteristics. All culminating in filigree tannins with great freshness in the backbone of balanced acidity, and an astonishing length. It will happily mature in bottle, gaining complexity for 5-7 years if carefully cellared.

Winery Information

Paul Cluver Wines

The De Rust Estate has been owned by the Cluver family since 1896 – they bought it to provide summer grazing for their livestock! Today the property remains family owned and run and the wine business forms part of a larger holistic farming business, with apple and pear orchards and a Hereford stud. The estate also forms part of the UNESCO world heritage site, the Kogelberg Biosphere, which has over 1600 different plant species, making it one of the world’s richest sites for plant.. read more

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Vinification Notes

The approach to winemaking for Seven Flags follows that of the Paul Cluver Pinot Noir initially. Extensive individual berry sorting was done by hand prior to destemming, no crushing of the grapes is allowed. After destemming the berries were transported in satellite tanks and the fermenting vats filled by gravity. This was followed by cold maceration at 12°- 14°C for 6 days. The fermentation in two 3.5 ton wooden vats was allowed to start naturally before inoculating with selected Burgundian yeast. During the fermentation, the skin cap was punched through by hand no more than twice per day. After fermentation, the wine was racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation and remained on the fine lees for 11 months. To confirm the superiority of the vineyard sites, the ear-marked Seven Flags Pinot Noir barrels were tasted blind in conjunction with all the other Paul Cluver Pinot Noir barrels in the cellar. The best barrels of the site were then selected and blended to form the Seven Flags Pinot Noir. Total new wood component equates to 20%.