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Paul Cluver Elgin Chardonnay 2013

92 Vinous, Stephen Tanzer
91 Wine Advocate
(10/2014) "Enormous, beautiful estate - tick. Talented winemaker - tick. Great quality wines - tick. Unbeatable value - tick. Wild leopards roaming at night - tick. Paul Cluver really is doing everything right. The 2013 Chardonnay comes from the estate's 15.32 hectares of vine planted between 1987 and 2004 on Bookveld shale. Picked March 1-19, it is fermented in French oak barrels of which 20% is new, with reduced batonnage compared to previous years as Andries wanted to avoid too much creaminess in the wine, especially because there was slightly more malolactic fermentation. It has a typically gorgeous bouquet with touches of lemon curd, patisserie, apricot blossom and shaved almond. The definition is superb. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity: touches of mango and lemon peel on the entry with more exotic notes such as passion fruit and pineapple coming at the finish. Perennially one of my favorite Chardonnays from South Africa, this is no different. Drink 2015-2020."
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1799
750 ML
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