Paul Cluver Close Encounter 2012


The second of three Rieslings made on the Paul Cluver farm. It is so named because it came very close to being uprooted when Riesling was less well recognised in the Cape. The farm manager also had a close encounter in the vineyard when an unexpected local train came through the vineyard one day and almost bisected both him and his tractor. Thankfully, Christian, the tractor, and most importantly, the vineyard all survived! This is a special selection from a high level vineyard. The resulting wine has wonderful purity of fruit, minerality, complexity and the very pleasant advantage of a lower alcohol content - 9.5%. Great to drink alone, with fish, shellfish and particularly with oriental or spicy dishes. Such a special wine. Ageing elegantly and lots of life for quite some time to come.

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About Kinnegar

Kinnegar Wines was born almost by accident and been growing organically since.

In 1998, I was in the midde of a two year diploma course with the London Wine & Spirits Trust when an opportunity came up to visit South Africa's Western Cape. Naturally, I was keen to avail of the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and winemaking in South Africa.

We had an excellent guide who brought us to a number of the Cape's leading estates including Thelema and De Trafford where we had in depth vineyard and cellars tours. At the end of the day, I wanted to take back some of the wonderful wines we had tasted for our own use. It was not possible to take two or three cases of wine with us on our flight and shipping such a small quantity was more than the cost of wines. So I had the mad idea of shipping a pallet! Clearly, I had to start selling these wines and so began Kinnegar Wines. Ashford Castle took many of the wines and continue to list them and newer arrivals ever since.

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