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Craven ‘Karibib Vineyard’ Chenin Blanc 2021


Mick Craven: “Chenin blanc is a variety that we have always wanted to work with … we came across a beautiful site up on the Polkadraai Hills.
“We whole-bunch press this wine to 500L barrels, where it is left to ferment naturally. We let the wine complete malolactic fermentation and stabilise itself, and the wine is then left on the lees for around 4 months before its first racking. It spends a total of 9 months in barrel before bottling.”

Christian Eedes ( “Citrus, white peach, cut apple and a little earthiness on the nose. The palate has a great core of fruit, snappy acidity and a salty finish. Tightly wound and intricate, a pleasure to drink.”


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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