Paul Clüver Seven Flags new releases

By , 10 November 2023



The Clüver family has been custodians of the De Rust farm in Elgin since 1896. Apples have always featured prominently but vines were established on an experimental basis in 1986, Paul Clüver releasing its maiden wine, a Riesling, in 1990. Andries Burger joined as winemaker in late 1996, maintaining that position ever since, while Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have gradually emerged as the two focus grapes, the top-of-the range wines appearing under the “Seven Flags” label. Tasting notes and ratings as follows:

Paul Clüver Seven Flags Chardonnay 2022
Price: R1000
Grapes from two blocks planted in 1987, the 2022 vintage the first to gain certified heritage status from the Old Vine Project. Spontaneously fermented and matured for nine months in 300-litre barrels, 10% new. Complex and subtle aromatics – citrus to the fore but also notes of pear, peach and apple plus oatmeal and a pleasant nuttiness along with some struck-match reduction. The palate is harmonious with both depth and breadth – pure fruit and fresh acidity before a chalky finish. Alc: 12.86%.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

Paul Clüver Seven Pinot Noir 2020
Price: R1000
Vineyards selected for the Seven Flags label are well-established, the oldest approaching 20 years old and predominantly planted to clone 115. 15% whole-bunch fermentation. Matured for 12 months in 300-litre barrels, 37.5% new. Top notes of rose, musk and Turkish Delight before cranberry and raspberry, orange, mushroom and spice. The palate is light-bodied with fresh acidity, the finish lightly tannic. A super-elegant, delicate wine. Alc: 13.27%.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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    Jos | 12 November 2023

    Do you factor in the price when you review? For instance, Kruger Family Wines’ Pinot Noir also received a 92 and it costs less than 25% of this one.

    Does this mean that they on the same level?

      Christian Eedes | 13 November 2023

      Hi Jos, The short answer is that I try as far as possible not to let price influence a rating so yes, the same score for two wines within the same category means that I consider them on the same quality level.

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