Craven Newlands Pinot Gris 2023


“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 thinks and assumes 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. This year we decided to make two picks at harvest time. The earlier pick to help maintain acidity in a low acid year and the second pick, some 7 days later, to add more texture and depth. Like 2022, the 2023 was fermented and aged 100% in concrete tanks. The grapes were destemmed into the concrete tanks and given a light pump over once a day for gentle extraction of the lovely rose-coloured hue and chalky tannin. Both picks were fermented separately on skins for 7 days and then pressed off and blended together. The wine was then placed back in concrete vessels for ageing.” – The Cravens

On the nose there is a subtle spice, a hint of turkish delight, sour cherry, raspberries and wild plum. Lovely fresh tight grip without being tannic. Very smooth, refreshing and moreish.

ANALYSIS: ALC 12%| TA 4.9 g/l | pH 3.72

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Working exclusively with Stellenbosch WO, this couple have been making Craven wines 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.

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