Yesterday the new releases from Paul Cluver Estate in Elgin. Scores and tasting notes below:
Paul Cluver Gewürztraminer 2012: 16/20
Unusually shy nose for this variety – slight rose petal note. Lime fruit, bright acidity, dry finish. Clever sugar/acid balance (RS of 10g/l and TA of 6.5g/l). Overall delicacy very much in its favour.
Paul Cluver Close Encounter Riesling 2012: 15/20
Fruit-forward and very appealing. A good whack of residual sugar (35g/l) but this is well concealed. Alcohol by volume of only 8.5%. Fun summer drinking for beginners and experts alike.
Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2011: 16/20
A departure from the house style in that around 80% of production went through malolactic fermentation whereas normally only around 20% completes this process. As a result, richer and fuller with more gentle acidity. Ripe citrus, vanilla and oatmeal notes. Smooth textured. Will appeal to some but I prefer previous incarnations.
Paul Cluver Pinot Noir 2010: 17/20
11 months in oak, only 18% new. Red cherry, some varietal perfume and slight reductive note on the nose (sufficiently unobtrusive to add rather than detract from the overall experience). The palate is medium bodied with good mid-palate sweetness but also bright acidity and fine tannins. Shows lightness of touch without forfeiting intricacy and the potential for future complexity. The Pinot offering the best quality to price ratio in the country? Probably.