‘Pinot Gris isn’t exactly an abundant grape planted in Stellenbosch, but it is something we have a lot of fun working with. Although a lot of the wine drinking world think and assume it is a ‘white grape’, it is in fact a lovely coppery. dark rose skinned grape. With this being the case, we just can’t waste that colour and delicious flavour trapped in the skins, so we ferment this wine like a red.’ – Craven
‘Winemaking involves seven days of skin contact before pressing. A sort of pale burnt red in colour, the nose has a floral top note before strawberry, orange, dried herbs and a certain earthiness. Juicy and fresh on the palate with some light grip to the finish, this is as every quite quirky but great fun to drink.’ – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 90/100
TA: 5.2 g/L
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.