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Craven ‘The Firs Vineyard’ Syrah 2022


These grapes are from a great site in the ward Devon Valley. It is planted on a very rich, deep, red soil with a high clay content.

The grapes are left 100% whole bunch, and lightly stomped by foot to extract a little juice. Very gentle pumpovers are performed once or twice daily, as we want to minimise extraction and maintain as many whole bunches as possible. 2022 was pressed off after 10 days on skins into old puncheons for 10 months.


100% Syrah W.O Stellenbosch
Vineyard: The Firs
Planting Year: 2000
Grown by: Deon Joubert
Soil: Deep red clay soils
Alcohol: 13.10%
pH: 3.65
Total Acidity: 5.05 g/L

Christian Eedes (Winemag): “Enticing aromatics of lavender and violets before red and black berries with a hint of fynbos in the background. Great fruit purity, bright acidity and fine, velvety tannins. Dense but certainly not too opulent, this vintage is poised and drinks effortlessly. 96pts”

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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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