In the 1980’s, Dr Paul Cluver (neurosurgeon) began planting vineyards on his farm ‘De Rust’ in the Elgin Valley. Quite visionary of him as most of that area has forever been (and continues to be), apple farming country. Some 40 years on this family run and owned farm has travelled all the roads (both high and low) to the release of their 2016 Seven Flags Pinot Noir. I joined their winemaker, Andries Burger (son-in-law to the now retired Dr Cluver), for a quick lunch at Marble and a taste of both the Seven Flags Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
I have been a huge fan of Burgundy for most of my time in the wine industry. It’s a bit like that ‘little girl who had a little curl”. When Pinot is good It’s breath-snatchingly good – when its bad – IT’S NASTY.
For far too long South African Pinot Noir has been (in my opinion), over extracted; slightly overoaked; picked a little green to try and ensure freshness and so, consequently, sometimes pinched and a bit bitter. When its good however, it should be the lightest, brightest, prettiest ballerina in the corps de ballet! It should tinkle and dance and lilt on your palate. It should lift you with its clarity and purity of fruit and leave you begging for just one more sip. It should be veritable strawberry juice with light lashings of oak and laced with gentle spice and brightness in every mouthful. This, is exactly what the 2016 vintage of Paul Cluver’s Seven Flags Pinot Noir is. It is an absolute triumph for Andries Burger and for the farm as a whole. I would go so far as to say it is simply the loveliest SA Pinot Noir I have tasted yet (and there are loads of really good Pinots in SA to choose from). Paul Cluver wines have invested so much time and energy into getting their Pinot and Chardonnay right. Well – its dividend time! The 2016 Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir is their very best yet and a complete must for every lover of Pinot.
The vintage will be on our shelves mid-May and I don’t think there is a huge amount of it. Weighing in at R750, it is not an inexpensive item, but I cannot recommend it highly enough – its simply gorgeous. Pre-order and pay for this beautiful wine so as to avoid disappointment. You can chat to any of our stores or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to make sure you don’t miss out.