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Paul Cluver The Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2017

 

For the past nine years, we have selected the grapes for the Paul Cluver Wagon Trail Chardonnay from the same vineyard planted in 1987. After whole bunch pressing and settling without any settling agents, the wine was 100% wild fermented in a selection of French oak barrels (33% new, the rest second and third fill). Lees stirring was done to a lesser degree to retain freshness. The wine remained on the lees for a total of nine months without any sulphur addition.

 


Auction Year: 2018

Paul Cluver The Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2016

The grapes for The Wagon Trail Chardonnay are sourced from our oldest Chardonnay
vineyard, planted in 1987. The grapes were hand-picked and meticulously sorted before
whole bunch pressed, settled and transferred to barrel for fermentation. The wine was
fermented without inoculation and matured in barrel for nine-and-a-half months. During
this time, the lees were stirred in order to keep the wine fresh, and after extensive tasting
and barrel selection, the wine was blended and bottled.

Auction Year: 2017

Paul Cluver Auction Selection Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir sourced from our highest lying Pinot Noir vineyard. After extensive bunch and
berry sorting, the grapes were transferred to 3.5 ton wooden open top fermenters by
gravity. After eight days of cold soaking, the fermentation started spontaneously. During
fermentation, the skin cap was punched down by hand twice a day. The wine was pressed
and transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation. After 11 months, the
wine was blended for bottling.

Auction Year: 2017

Paul Cluver The Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2015

The grapes were selected from 28 year old Chardonnay vineyards, the oldest on the
property in Elgin. After whole bunch pressing, the juice was settled naturally. The juice was
then transferred to barrel for fermentation without inoculation. The barrels used for this
wine are from selected Burgundian cooperages, one third was new wood. The wine was
left on the gross lees for nine months before racking, stabilisation and bottling.

Auction Year: 2016

Paul Cluver Auction Selection Pinot Noir 2014

The grapes were sourced and selected from our highest lying mountain vineyards on De
Rust Estate and are all new clones (667,113,115). After harvesting at night, the grapes
were destemmed and transferred without pumping to four ton wooden fermenters, cold
soaked for nine days with the fermentation starting without inoculation. Punched down
twice a day and after fermentation only free run wine was transferred to 300 litre barrels
for maturation. The wine was then left in barrel for 11 months before bottling.

Auction Year: 2016

Paul Cluver Auction Selection Pinot Noir 2013

The grapes were selected from our highest lying Pinot Noir vineyards and are all new clones
- 667, 113, 115. Harvested, cold soaked for 8 days with the fermentation starting naturally
and then inoculated. Punched down twice a day. After fermentation, only free run juice
was transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then left in barrel, of
which only 25% was new, for 11 months before bottling.

Auction Year: 2015

Paul Cluver The Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2014

The grapes were selected from 27 year old Chardonnay vineyards, the oldest on the property.
After pressing and settling, the wines were transferred to barrel and fermented without
inoculation. The barrels used for this wine are from selected Burgundian cooperages, one
third was new wood. The wine was left on the gross lees for 9 months before racking,
stabilisation and bottling.

Auction Year: 2015

Paul Cluver The Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2013

The grapes were selected from 26 year old Chardonnay vineyards, the oldest on the property. After pressing and settling, the wines were transferred to barrel, and fermented without inoculation. The wine was left on the gross lees for 9.5 months before racking, stabilisation and bottling. Tasting Notes: The first impression the wine gives is the expressive citrus characters on the nose. The palate is bursting with flavour, starting with lime notes and carrying through to a concentrated mid-palate with a very long, lingering mineral aftertaste.

Auction Year: 2014

Paul Cluver Auction Selection Pinot Noir 2012

The grapes were selected from our highest lying Pinot Noir vineyards and are all new clones - 67,113,115. Harvested, cold soaked for 6 days with the fermentation starting naturally and then inoculated. Punched down 3 times a day. After fermentation, only free run juice was transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then left in barrel for 11 months before bottling. Tasting Notes: 'Understated' - the colour is gentle and alluring, the nose reticent but intriguing. All in all, captivating! Initially, red stone fruit combined with sweet cherry blossom fragrances dominate. Underlying, there are whiffs of raw meat and wet, warm earth. There are also hints of wild mushroom and pepper. The texture is astounding and where the power of this wine lies. The integration of oak adds to its finesse and aristocracy.

Auction Year: 2014

Paul Cluver The Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2012

The grapes were selected from the oldest Chardonnay Vineyards on the property, 25 years. After pressing and settling, the wines were transferred to barrel, fermented without inoculation. The wine was left on the gross lees for 9.5 months before racking, stabilisation and bottling. Tasting Notes: The first impression the wine gives is the expressive citrus characters on the nose. The palate is bursting with flavour, starting with lime notes and carrying through to a concentrated mid palate with a very long, lingering mineral aftertaste.

Auction Year: 2013

Paul Cluver CWG Pinot Noir 2011

The grapes were selected from our highest lying Pinot noir vineyards in the mountain vineyards on De Rust Estate and are all new clones i.e. 667,113,115. The grapes were harvested, cold soaked for 6 days with the fermentation starting naturally and then inoculated. Punched down three times a day. After fermentation, only free run juice was transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then left in barrel for 11 months before bottling. Tasting Notes: "Understated" - the colour is gentle and alluring, the nose reticent but intriguing. Initially cherries and plums, combined with sweet cherry blossom fragrances. Underlying are whiffs of raw meat, wet, warm earth and hints of wild mushroom and pepper. The texture is where the power of this wine lies and the integration of oak adds to its finesse. The palate is a symphony of flavours, starting with cherries; the mid-palate is concentrated with a distinct mineral character and a very long after taste.

Auction Year: 2013

Paul Cluver Pinot Noir 2010

The grapes were selected from our highest lying Pinot Noir vineyards. They were harvested, cold soaked for 6 days with the fermentation starting naturally and then inoculated. Punched down 3 times per day. After fermentation only free run juice was transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then left in barrel for 11 months before bottling. Tasting Notes: The texture is astounding - and where the power of this wine lies. The integration of oak adds to its finesse and aristocracy. Grapes are sourced from the mountain vineyards on De Rust Estate and are all new clones i.e. 667, 113, 115. The palate is a symphony of flavours, starting with cherries; the mid-palate is concentrated, with a distinct mineral character and a very long aftertaste. Serve with venison dishes or beef fillet.

Auction Year: 2012

Paul Cluver The Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2010

The grapes were selected from the oldest Chardonnay vineyards on the property, 24 years. After pressing and settling the wines were transferred to barrel, fermented without inoculation. The wine was left on the gross lees for 9.5 months before racking, stabilisation and bottling. Tasting Notes: The first impression the wine gives is the expressive citrus characters on the nose. The palate is bursting with flavour, starting with lime notes carrying through to a concentrated mid palate with a very long lingering mineral aftertaste.

Auction Year: 2012

Paul Cluver CWG Pinot Noir 2010

The grapes were sourced and selected from our highest lying mountain vineyards on De Rust Estate and are all new clones (667,113,115). The grapes were harvested, cold soaked for 6 days with the fermentation starting naturally and then inoculated. Punched down 3 times per day. After fermentation, only free run juice was transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then left in barrel for 11 months before bottling. Tasting note: "Understated", the colour is gentle and alluring, the nose reticent but intriguing. All in all, captivating! Initially, red stone fruit - cherries and plums - combined with sweet cherry blossom fragrances, dominate. Underlying there are whiffs of raw meat and wet, warm earth - like after a sudden rain storm in summer. There are also hints of wild mushroom and pepper. The texture is astounding and where the power of this wine lies. The integration of oak adds to its finesse and aristocracy. The palate is a symphony of flavours, starting with the cherries; the mid palate is concentrated with a distinct mineral character and a very long after taste. The wine is ready for drinking now and until 2020.

Auction Year: 2011

Paul Cluver The Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2009

100% Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Grapes selected from the oldest Chardonnay Vineyards on the property (23 years). After pressing and settling, the wines were transferred to barrel, fermented without inoculation. The wine was left on the gross lees for 9.5 months before racking, stabilisation and bottling. 60 cases of this wine were sold at the 2010 Auction.

Auction Year: 2011

Paul Cluver The Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2009

Grapes selected from the oldest Chardonnay vineyards on the property - 23 years. After pressing and settling, the wines were transferred to barrel and fermented without inoculation. The wines were left on the gross lees for 9 and a half months before racking, stabilisation and bottling.

Auction Year: 2010