2016
Craven
Pinot Gris
Stellenbosch

2016
Craven
Pinot Gris
Stellenbosch

Pinot Gris isn't exactly an abundant grape planted in Stellenbosch but it is something Mick and Jeanine 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. They identified this incredible site on an easterly slope facing back toward Stellenbosch. It is a relatively young block, planted in 2005, but showing tremendous balance and intensity. It ripens extremely early and it almost always the first fruit in.

With this 'color thing' being the case, one cannot waste that beautiful color, so in the cellar it is fermented like a red wine on the skins. The fruit was hand-picked around 21.5 brix in late January and destemmed but left whole berry. Fermentation occurred naturally on the skins in open top fermenters with light pumpovers and gentle punchdowns throughout fermentation. After ten days, the free run was racked off and the skins were gently pressed to barrel. After nine months in old French oak barrels the wine received one racking to tank with no additions throughout the lifecycle other than a small amount of SO2.

The nose is incredibly scented, with hints of blossom and crush petals. The palate has impeccable definition with pure strawberry fruit layering with minerality and bright acidity. It is very pretty with great concentration despite not being heavy.

  • Region: Stellenbosch
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Gris
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vineyard: Newlands
  • Vine Age: 10 years old
  • Yield: 3 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Gravel, Sand and 'Koffieflip' (Ferricrete or 'Coffee Stone')
  • Production: 300 cases
Winery & Regional Information
STELLENBOSCH

Many of the photos you see of South African vineyards – positioned in front of striking granite mountains,–are from the Stellenbosch area. It contains the most developed vineyares; it is home to an important wine University (University of Stellenbosch); and it is the center of wine tourism. In short, Stellenbosch is to South African wine much like Napa is to... Learn More »

CRAVEN WINES

STELLENBOSCH

Craven Wines is a winemaking collaboration between husband-and-wife team Mick and Jeanine Craven. Mick is an Aussie currently working as lead assitant winemaker at Mulderbosch during the day; Jeanine is a Saffa, and they met in California 'dragging hoses' in Sonoma for harvest in 2007.  After both having taken to the text books at their respective universities, they decided to hit the road, see lots of things, work in lots of places and try and learn as much as possible from this massive wine world. After travelling across the world together for four years and learning about wines in Australia... Learn More »

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