Regarded as the divisive varietal, Chardonnay seems to have gone out of and come back into fashion in more ways than one.
However, this time it seems to be sticking around for good and has become the wine of choice for most wine enthusiasts throughout the year. Paul Cluver Wines, situated in the heart of the Elgin Wine Valley, is home to one of South Africa’s sought-after Chardonnays, and with the release of the Estate Chardonnay 2017, you’ll no doubt be the envy of your friends.
Regarded as ‘Winter’s white wine of choice’, this perfect all year-round wine has fresh citrus and Winter melon aromas on the nose, with nuances of lightly toasted brioche in the background. This carries through to flavours of tangerine fruit and citrus blossom fragrances, with hints of vanilla pod and almond flakes, which culminate beautifully onto the palate. The fine, fresh acidity is natural, and adds poise and focus to the wine.
A wine of this stature calls for a food pairing bursting with flavours. Renowned chef Craig Cormack and co-owner of Salt at Paul Cluver suggests serving this wine with a platter of sautéed seasonal mushrooms, wild mushroom arancini, cauliflower puree and pickled cauliflower. If you’re rushed for time and just want to enjoy this sensational Chardonnay with a prepared meal, Cellar Master Andries Burger suggests serving it with a creamy pasta or salmon dish. The good acidity and balance between wood and fruit ensures that the wine keeps from being overly rich, making it the perfect food wine. It’s a match made in culinary heaven when served with a creamy mussel soup. The Estate Chardonnay 2017 is available directly from the Paul Cluver Tasting Room or via their online wine shop at R250 per bottle.
For more information visit www.cluver.com.
Cellar Master, Andries Burger