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Seven Flags Chardonnay

Paul Cluver, Seven Flags Chardonnay 2017

R705

6 in stock

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100% Chardonnay

Pioneering in spirit, no family has been more influential than the Cluvers in establishing Elgin as one of SA’s finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir regions. The Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the benchmarks that all other wines from this region are measured against. With Andries Burger’s passion, and the assistance of Burgundian consultant Martin Prieur, these flagship wines have seen a steady and marked refinement over the last few years.

Planted in the late 1980s, it is from the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in Elgin and has been at the forefront of SA’s recent Chardonnay revolution.

From the oldest Chardonnay on the farm, and some of the oldest vineyards in South Africa at 27 years, this contains half of the vineyard that produces the famous CWG Wagon Trail Chardonnay.

Tasting notes:
'Burgundian Martin Prieur consults on this world class Chardonnay, aged in one third new oak and combining laser-like acidity with aromatic oak, savoury undertones, lovely weight and remarkable precision and palate length. Brilliant winemaking. 2019-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100

'The 2017 Seven Flags Chardonnay was matured in French oak barrels for nine months using 31% new oak, the rest second- and third-fill. The nose is a little more closed than the Estate Chardonnay at this early juncture, although there is a brooding intensity here. This is well defined, displaying hints of dried honey and white peach with aeration. The palate is fresh and crisp with hints of Golden Delicious and orange peel, the oak very well integrated and with an almost Meursault-like, nutty finish. Give this two or three years in bottle. Excellent.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 93/100

'The Seven Flags Chardonnay 2017 is a great expression of what I believe our area and Estate can produce. The wine shows a slight green hue, the nose is a melody of fresh citrus fruit with some winter melon and hints of oak in the background. The palate of the wine is an exciting combination of citrus fruit with great poise, concentration, a great salinity and hints of oak in the background. The taste of this wine is very elegant and long.' – Winemaker

Viticulture:
With the Western Cape being in a 3 year drought, the summer leading to the 2017 harvest will remembered as one of the driest. They started harvesting Chardonnay the 23rd of February and finished the 10th of March. Fortunately, they do experience very cool night temperatures in Elgin, this helped the grapes retain freshness. The grapes for the Seven Flags Chardonnay were harvested on the 6th and 7th of March from their oldest Chardonnay Vineyards planted in 1987.

Vinification:
After whole bunch pressing and settling without any settling agents, the wine was 100% wild fermented in a selection of French oak barrels (35% new, the 2nd and 3rd fill). Lees stirring was done to a lesser degree than previous years to retain freshness. The wine remained on the lees for a total of nine months without any Sulphur addition. The wine went through 30% malolactic fermentation, all without inoculation. After tasting and blending trials, the wine was assembled from the best barrels, stabilized and prepared for bottling.

100% Chardonnay

Pioneering in spirit, no family has been more influential than the Cluvers in establishing Elgin as one of SA’s finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir regions. The Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the benchmarks that all other wines from this region are measured against. With Andries Burger’s passion, and the assistance of Burgundian consultant Martin Prieur, these flagship wines have seen a steady and marked refinement over the last few years.

Planted in the late 1980s, it is from the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in Elgin and has been at the forefront of SA’s recent Chardonnay revolution.

From the oldest Chardonnay on the farm, and some of the oldest vineyards in South Africa at 27 years, this contains half of the vineyard that produces the famous CWG Wagon Trail Chardonnay.

Tasting notes:
'Burgundian Martin Prieur consults on this world class Chardonnay, aged in one third new oak and combining laser-like acidity with aromatic oak, savoury undertones, lovely weight and remarkable precision and palate length. Brilliant winemaking. 2019-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100

'The 2017 Seven Flags Chardonnay was matured in French oak barrels for nine months using 31% new oak, the rest second- and third-fill. The nose is a little more closed than the Estate Chardonnay at this early juncture, although there is a brooding intensity here. This is well defined, displaying hints of dried honey and white peach with aeration. The palate is fresh and crisp with hints of Golden Delicious and orange peel, the oak very well integrated and with an almost Meursault-like, nutty finish. Give this two or three years in bottle. Excellent.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 93/100

'The Seven Flags Chardonnay 2017 is a great expression of what I believe our area and Estate can produce. The wine shows a slight green hue, the nose is a melody of fresh citrus fruit with some winter melon and hints of oak in the background. The palate of the wine is an exciting combination of citrus fruit with great poise, concentration, a great salinity and hints of oak in the background. The taste of this wine is very elegant and long.' – Winemaker

Viticulture:
With the Western Cape being in a 3 year drought, the summer leading to the 2017 harvest will remembered as one of the driest. They started harvesting Chardonnay the 23rd of February and finished the 10th of March. Fortunately, they do experience very cool night temperatures in Elgin, this helped the grapes retain freshness. The grapes for the Seven Flags Chardonnay were harvested on the 6th and 7th of March from their oldest Chardonnay Vineyards planted in 1987.

Vinification:
After whole bunch pressing and settling without any settling agents, the wine was 100% wild fermented in a selection of French oak barrels (35% new, the 2nd and 3rd fill). Lees stirring was done to a lesser degree than previous years to retain freshness. The wine remained on the lees for a total of nine months without any Sulphur addition. The wine went through 30% malolactic fermentation, all without inoculation. After tasting and blending trials, the wine was assembled from the best barrels, stabilized and prepared for bottling.

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Country

ZA

Region

Elgin

Style

White

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