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.
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
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%.