Craven Clairette Blanche 2015


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This is the last vineyard of Clairette in Stellenbosch. The 35 year old vines are head-trained at trellis height and grown on sandy, decomposed granite. 50% of the grapes were fermented to dryness on skins for c.10 days, the other 50% were whole bunch pressed and fermented in 500 litre old wood. Freshness and minerality are the key to this wine. The palate is defined and bright and ultimately it is eminently drinkable.

It has a lovely honeysuckle and jasmine scented bouquet, very subtle and powerful, yet very pure. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, more a textural Clairette Blanche than overt intense flavours, dried honey, a little yeastiness and quite a strong saline note, almost like the rind of a spicy cheese on the finish (and I write that in a positive sense). This is intriguing. 90/100 RP

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Producer Information: Craven

The 2014 vintage was the first commercial release from dynamic husband-and-wife winemaking team Mick and Jeanine Craven. Mick (an Aussie) and Jeanine (a Stellenbosch native) met during vintage in California in 2007 and have travelled the winemaking world since, finally settling in Jeanine’s native Stellenbosch.They work with a focus on single sites, and the varieties Pinot Gris, Syrah, Chenin Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Pinot Noir and Cinsault.

They do not use cultured yeasts, enzymes, fining agents throughout the winemaking process. They only use older oak and try their best to find larger format barrels. They allow their wines to stabilise naturally. Essentially a minimal amount of SO2 is the only thing added to their wines.

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