Located in the Elgin Valley, approximately 70km south-east of Cape Town. The area became successful in the apple growing industry in the mid 20th century, therefore was identified as a suitable cool-climate wine growing region.
90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon
Cluver’s aim for their Sauvignon Blanc is elegance, balance and expression of terroir. Vintage conditions and the quality of the grapes dictate decisions made in the cellar – there are no fixed rules or recipes that are followed. Dry ice is used abundantly. Skin contact prior to fermentation is done to extract flavour and reduce acidity and pressing is always gentle. Only free run juice is fermented. Different yeast strains were tried out this year and the lees stirring regime increased adding richness to the mid-palate. Total time on fine lees was five months. The Semillon component was fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks, 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels and a 2600L oak vat.
Drink now and during the next 12 months
Paul Cluver wines is situated on the De Rust estate, which has been in the family since 1896. As well as top-quality wine production, the estate is also involved with a number of conservation initiatives, covering an area of 1013 hectares. Meanwhile, Paul Cluver himself is founding chairman of the Groenlandberg Conservancy, covering a vast 34000 hectares. The estate also forms part of the UNESCO world heritage site, the Kogelberg Biosphere.
The ideal wine aperitif but best enjoyed with food. Refreshing summer time wine, it pairs well with salads and lighter meats. Richer seafood and cheese platters make it work through autumn and winter.
In the press
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards
"... has a clean and fresh bouquet with apple blossom and kiwi fruit aromas, subtle at first but unfolding nicely with time. This is a worthy follow up to the 2015." Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com