Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a wholesome family friendly festival at the Cluver Family Harvest Day, which takes place on Saturday, 1 April (11am to 4pm).
The venue is the picturesque family-owned Paul Cluver Wines, which is set in the heart of the tranquil Elgin Wine Valley. The valley is well known for its cool climate wines and fruit. Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town this promises to be a fun day out for young and old.
The Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2014 from pioneering Elgin wine estate Paul Cluver Wines was one of only six South African wines to receive a Platinum Award at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, a leading international wine competition which this year attracted over 16 000 entries from wine producers globally. Paul Cluver also won two Gold Medals at the same competition for both its 2015 vintage Chardonnays, namely the Seven Flags and the Estate.
Paul Cluver Wines, the pioneering Elgin wine estate owned and managed by the Clüver family, was one of the leading performers at this year’s Top 100 SA Wines/National Wine Challenge, delivering two Grand Cru National Champion Wines with three Top 100 spots. The Paul Cluver Dry Encounter Riesling 2015 and the estate’s icon Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2013 took Grand Cru Best in Class awards and Top 100 slots, while the Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2015 was also included in the list of South Africa’s Top 100 wines.
A Chardonnay from an exceptional vintage producing one of its most refined white wines to date. This is the Chardonnay 2015, just released by Paul Cluver Wines, the Elgin estate that pioneered wine-making in the region and has built up a world-wide reputation for its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling wines.
The Elgin Wine Valley confirmed its reputation as the Western Cape’s home of cool climate wines by largely escaping the effects of heat and drought which hampered a large part of the South African wine industry during this year’s harvest. According to Andries Burger, cellarmaster at Paul Cluver Wines, the spring and early summer growing seasons were warmer than average with day-time temperatures in the early 30°C’s, but the Valley’s cool nights ensure healthy grapes without any heat damage.