2017
Craven
'Karibib Vineyard'
Chenin Blanc
Stellenbosch

2017
Craven
'Karibib Vineyard'
Chenin Blanc
Stellenbosch

Chenin Blanc is a variety that Mick has always wanted to work with but was waiting for the right vineyard to land in his lap. Towards the end of 2015, Mick came across a beautiful site up on the Polkadraai Hills. The terroir in this unique pocket is characterized by hilly topography and subsequently varying elevations, providing sites on elevations from 60 to 400 meters above sea level. Besides the differences in elevation, the layered soils vary from granite-based on the higher elevations to the more lighter, sandy soils in lower lying areas. Planted in 1982, this east-facing block is grown on lovely, weathered granite soil. Initially trained on a single wire, it has been 'let go' over time and now grows more like a bushvine. Mick refers to it as a "faux bush vine" vineyard. All in all, this was the perfect site in Mick's eyes.

The grapes are whole-bunch pressed to 500L barrels, where the juice is left to ferment naturally. The wine completes malolactic fermentation and stabilizes itself, and is then left on the lees for approximately 4 months before its first racking. It spends a total of 9 months in barrel before bottling. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, with nothing added during the winemaking process apart from a dash of sulphur.

  • Region: Stellenbosch (Polkadraai sub-region)
  • Varietal: 100% Chenin Blanc
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Karibib Vineyard in the Polkadraai Hills; grown by Jozua Joubert
  • Vine Age: 38 years old
  • Soil Type: Weathered Granite
  • TA: 5.4 g/L
  • pH: 3.34
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Skin Contact: 4 months
  • Oak: 9 months in 500L barrels
  • Production: 600 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 winemaker at Mulderbosch during the day;  Jeanine is South African, 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, Europe... Learn More »

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