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Craven Chardonnay 2021


Mick Craven: “Polkadraai Hills … we love what the area brings to white wines, a real inherent saltiness and freshness.”

Christian Eedes ( “Grapes from Polkadraai Hills. Citrus, herbs and a subtle yeasty note on the nose while the palate is lean and austere. Pure fruit, very fresh acidity and a pithy finish. If you like your Chardonnay unadorned, then this is for you.”


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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