Craven Wines Clairette Blanche 2016
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Craven Wines Clairette Blanche (WO) 2017

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"""Lovely golden hue, shining in the glass. This textural wine is fuller on the palate, with vibrating spice and energy on the finish. Golden yellow apples, fine quince and a layer of marmalade are framed by a fine apple skin bitterness grip. 60% skin fermented, 40% whole bunch press, this was gently handled until fermented dry (around 12 days) and then pressed to old neutral tonneau for 10 months. The 34-year-old vines are on Eikenhof Vineyard's decomposed granite and sand. According to Mick they could make 3x as much, but it's hard to sell in all markets. I vote make much more because more people need to taste this smashable, interesting, waxy wine. 11% 5000 bottles in 2016. 91/100

60% skin fermented, 40% whole bunch pressed. Mineral citrus and pear fruit with some ripe apple. Nice texture with some spiciness and a mineral core, as well as a hint of grip. Lovely weight here with some pear and spice complexity. Lovely stuff. 92/100 "" The Wine Anorak, Jamie Goode & Treve Ring

From one, if not the, last block of Clairette in Stellenbosch

Dynamic husband and winemaking team Mick and Jeanine Craven. Mick (an Aussie) and Jeanine (a Saffa) met during vintage in California in 2007 and have travelled the winemaking world since finally settling in Jeanine’s native Stellenbosch.

‘We chose South Africa, as we think there is a lot of potential here to make amazing wines. We live in Stellenbosch and our hearts are here in this town, which is why we only make wines from the Stellenbosch region as we want to be within a heartbeat of the vines. We want to make wines which are interesting, both stylistically and by varietal, but also wines which have a sense of place and express where they come from. We have isolated particular vineyard sites, for their unique soils and micro-climates, where we work with the growers to ensure that we get the best results from the particular sites. All our wines will come from single vineyards around Stellenbosch. Winemaking is very hands off with minimal additions (if any), native ferments and neutral oak.’

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