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1 Silver Street, Ottery St Mary EX11 1DB, Devon

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Slowine Chenin/Sauvignon 2016

Slowine Chenin/Sauvignon 2016

Ref: A135116


Made from 70% Chenin and 25% Sauvignon and just a tiny bit of Semillon (5%), this is a big, dry white with aromas of guava, gooseberry and ripe tropical fruit. The palate is rich and exotic, with a titillating acidity which comes from the Sauvignon content.

Good food pairings would be roasted vegetables (especially butternut, grilled line fish, thyme-roasted chicken and soft cheeses). Fabulous on its own as well!

When Andries Burger, wine maker at Paul Cluver Estates, came to visit us in Devon a couple of months ago, he brought with him some sample bottles of the first release of a new project that he and Paul Cluver had started over a year ago. The principals behind slowine, as Andries explained, are very much the same as those enshrined in the mission statement of Slow Food.

Founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1986, Slow Food is an international association that promotes food and wine culture, but also defends food and agricultural biodiversity worldwide. It opposes the standardisation of taste, defends the need for consumer information, protects cultural identities tied to food and gastronomic traditions, safeguards foods and cultivation and processing techniques inherited from tradition and defends domestic and wild animal and vegetable species.

Andries and Paul wanted to create a small range of wines that reflected all this but, at the same time were affordable, even though, by definition, they could not be produced on a large-scale basis. As a result, the grapes have been sourced from growers, situated around the Overberg Mountain in Elgin, whose grapes are farmed eco-sensitively and who are involved in the maintenance of the Kogelberg Biosphere. This is a marine and floral reserve where the terrestrial and coastal environments are of international conservation importance and are fully protected. They are, however, unique categories of protected areas combining both conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

You will find a picture of a Parrot Beaked Tortoise on the wine's label. This rare tortoise is also known as the "padloper" and is mainly found in renosterveld patches in the Kogelberg. The males develop bright red / orange noses during the breeding season which makes them look like "boozy" old men! The tortoise emblem, of course, further accentuates the whole concept of 'slowness'!

We were exceptionally impressed by the quality of the four wines that were presented to us. At Cluver, Andries Burger has always been a wine maker who wants to make wines with an intense purity of fruit and this overall characteristic runs through as a central theme of slowine.

Paul Cluver Wines are the result of a close-knit family who are dedicated to the holistic production of fine handcrafted wines. Guided by Dr Paul Clüver, Neurosurgeon, Apple farmer and chairman of Capespan and Vinfruco, the companies whose visionary and pioneering spirit created the foundation for Paul Cluver Wines.

Paul Clüver’s vision for the family run business is-“To combine the tremendous diversity of mesoclimates and soil of our farm and the passion of our family to develop great and distinctive wines.”

This vision is ably carried by G.M. Paul Clüver junior, and Winemaker Andries Burger, married to one of the Clüver daughters Inge. Andries qualified in viticulture and oenology at Stellenbosch University. Andries Burger’s winegrowing credo is focused on expressing the Elgin Terroir through handcrafted individual wines with fruit intensity, balance and elegance. Dr Clüver’s wife Songvei and daughter Karin are deeply involved with the nurturing and upliftment of the De Rust farming community.

 Contains Sulphites

Region South Africa - Elgin

Grape Chenin/Sauvignon Blanc

Producer Paul Cluver Estate

Vintage 2016

Eco Warrior  0

Colour White

Dryness Dry

Body Medium Bodied

Food Aperitif/Vegetarian/Fish/Chicken

Drink Drink Now

Price: 8.40

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