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Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2011

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Elusive.
Elusive.

Paul Cluver Estate managing director Paul Cluver Jnr reckons the recently released 2011 vintage of the Elgin property’s flagship Seven Flags Pinot Noir shows “even greater delicacy” than previous vintages and I agree. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, however, is moot point…

Aromas of red cherries, vanilla and enticing perfume – musk but also a vague floral note, perhaps rose petal. The palate teases to the point of torment – pure but almost unbearably light fruit, lemon-like acidity and super-fine, spicy tannins.

I was a big fan of the 2010 vintage of Seven Flags (see here) and there’s nothing much to separate the two wines bar the fact that in the case of the 2010 picking was delayed and took longer than usual to complete. As such, the 2010 has an abv of 13.91% compared to 13.01% in the case of the 2011. To my mind, that little bit of extra heft the 2010 possesses makes all the difference. If you prefer your Pinot more gamine, then the 2011 is for you. Price: R380 a bottle.

Score: 92/100.  

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