Half Bottle: Paul Cluver Noble Riesling 2021
Decanter World Wine Awards 2023: Gold Medal / 95 points
The 2021 vintage is an explosion of dried fruit flavours and hints of frangipani notes on the nose. The palate is exciting and vibrant, dried apricots and dried pineapple flavours are very expressive and there is great play between the sweetness and racy acidity on the palate. This is a hallmark of a great sweet wine as it does not leave a sweet and cloying sensation in the mouth, but rather of freshness and balance. Sadly only made in miniscule volumes and produced only in half bottles, this is a wine not to be missed. (2021 - 10% abv)
Initially produced out of necessity after a section of Andries’ Riesling vineyard became affected by botrytis; Paul Cluver Noble Late Harvest Riesling has become a sensationally successful, multi-award winning dessert wine made from 100% Riesling.
Paul Cluver Wines are the result of a close-knit family who are dedicated to the holistic production of fine handcrafted wines. Guided by Dr Paul Cluver, Neurosurgeon, Apple farmer and chairman of Capespan and Vinfruco, the companies whose visionary and pioneering spirit created the foundation for Paul Cluver Wines.
Paul Cluver's vision for the family run business is "To combine the tremendous diversity of mesoclimates and soil of our farm and the passion of our family to develop great and distinctive wines."
This vision is ably carried by G.M. Paul Cluver junior, and Winemaker Andries Burger, married to one of the Cluver daughters Inge. Andries qualified in viticulture and oenology at Stellenbosch University. Andries Burger's winegrowing credo is focused on expressing the Elgin Terroir through handcrafted individual wines with fruit intensity, balance and elegance. Dr Cluver's wife Songvei and daughter Karin are deeply involved with the nurturing and upliftment of the De Rust farming community.
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Elgin, South Africa