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Craven Cabernet Sauvignon 2021


Mick Craven: “The King! A variety we never thought we would entertain making until a lovely little site on the Karibib farm showed itself to us. During ripening it just had lovely flavours at a relatively low sugar level.
“Going against what is considered ‘standard operating procedure’, we fermented the grapes with a good percentage of whole bunch (75%) with the remaining destemmed on top. We love the tannin structure and aromatics the whole bunches can give to a wine and feel it works well with Cabernet.
“We pressed the grapes a little earlier than complete dryness to make sure the tannins didn’t get to aggressive and finished fermentation in tank. The wine was then matured in neutral 300L barrels for 12 months before bottling..”

Christian Eedes ( “The nose charms with notes of red and black berries, crushed leaves and a hint of violets. The palate is medium bodied with good fruit expression, fresh acidity and nicely grippy tannins.”


Vintage 2021 in South Africa was a very good one both for quality and quantity. Cooler weather in the ripening period allowed a later harvest than what is normal. This gave phenolic ripeness to the grapes without boosting sugars too much. The end result are wines of fruit weight, but moderate alcohols, and balanced acids and tannin.

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Working exclusively with Stellenbosch WO, this couple have been making Craven since 2013. All their wines are mono-varietal and there is no blending between vineyards. Their goals are purity, freshness and balance – there is minimal interference with the grapes once they reach the cellar. They do not own any vineyards, but by far most of the Cravens’ efforts throughout the year is in the vineyards and working with the farmers from whom they buy their fruit. In our opinion Mick and Jeanine are producing some of the most exciting wines coming out of Stellenbosch







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