2017 Cluver Noble Late Harvest Riesling, Paul Cluver Estate, Elgin (Half Bottle)

South Africa Elgin

There is an intense nose of beeswax, honey and lime marmalade, leading to an intensly sweet and rich palate, with heavy botrytis flavours and glorious balancing acidity.

2017 Cluver Noble Late Harvest Riesling, Paul Cluver Estate, Elgin (Half Bottle)

There is an intense nose of beeswax, honey and lime marmalade, leading to an intensly sweet and rich palate, with heavy botrytis flavours and glorious balancing acidity.

South Africa Elgin
Producer Paul Cluver
Region Elgin
Country South Africa
Grape Variety Riesling
Vintage 2017
Colour White
ABV 10.00%

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Vinous

The 2017 Noble Late Harvest has a straightforward bouquet of dried honey and quince aromas. The palate is unctuous in texture, with honey and quince notes, but it does not possess the complexity of other South African desert wines and feels just a little cloying on the finish.

87 Points / Drinking 2019 - 2027

By Neal Martin / November 2019

Vinous

The 2017 Noble Late Harvest Riesling was picked at 35 Brix (residual sugar is 190gm/L) and is the first release for three years. It has a slightly backward nose at first, opening gradually with aeration to reveal dried honey, quince and light adhesive. The palate is very well balanced with quite sharp acidity that counters the rich honeyed fruit. It is not the most complex sweet South African wine I’ve encountered, yet it is nicely focused and the sharp, refreshing finish belies the actual residual sugar level.

91 Points / Drinking 2019 - 2029

By Neal Martin / August 2018