2017
Craven
Cinsault
Stellenbosch

2017
Craven
Cinsault
Stellenbosch

For the 2017 vintage of Cinsault, Mick & Jeanine were lucky enough to be shown some fruit from a farm they have always wanted to make wine from, Rustenhof. This great farm in the Faure area has an abundance of lovely Cinsault, amongst many other varieties. It is a dryland, bush-vine block, planted in granite and sand thus suiting their winemaking style very well. It also helps that the grower, Pieter Bredell, was a pleasure to work with.

Unlike Mick's usual red winemaking style, the Cinsault grapes are destemmed before fermentation due to the natural low acidity compared to Pinot Noir and Syrah. Whole-bunch fermentation tends to reduce acidity. Gentle pumpovers or punch downs are performed 1- 2 times a day throughout fermentation, and the wine is pressed to 500L barrels for maturation. It is bottled slightly earlier than their other red wines in an effort to express the fresher, brighter characters of Cinsault. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, with nothing added during the winemaking process apart from a dash of sulfur.

It has a delicate cranberry and pomegranate bouquet that manages to convey the transparency one seeks in the variety. The palate is well balanced, offering black currant, raspberry and cranberry leaf, gently grippy tannin and a touch of salinité that comes through toward the edgy, chalky-textured finish.

  • Region: Stellenbosch (Faure sub-region)
  • Varietal: 100% Cinsault
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Rustenhof Vineyard grown by Pieter Bredell
  • Vine Age: 25 years old
  • Soil Type: Granite and Sand
  • TA: 5.3 g/L
  • pH: 3.56
  • Alcohol: 12.85%
  • Oak: 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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