2017
Craven
Clairette Blanche
Stellenbosch

2017
Craven
Clairette Blanche
Stellenbosch

Clairette Blanche is a variety that has a very long history not only in Stellenbosch, but in South Africa. Sadly due to popular demand of other varieties, a lot of it was ripped out. Luckily this little block in the Polkadraai Hills is still in the ground and is said to be one of, if not the last block in Stellenbosch. Naturally, wanting to make wines from Stellenbosch it was a no-brainer to make a wine from these grapes.

In the cellar the wine is made in two different 'styles' for the 2017 vintage. One component is whole bunch pressed straight to old neutral barrels for fermentation. The other portion of the grapes is de-stemmed and fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks on the skins. Gentle pumpovers throughout fermentation are all that is done and once dry (around 10-12 days) we drain and press to old neutral barrels for maturation. Before bottling, the two components are blended together (60% skin fermented and 40% whole bunch press).

The wine is bottled without any fining, and no additives are used in the winemaking process apart from a dash of sulphur.

  • Region: Stellenbosch (Polkadraai sub-region)
  • Varietal: 100% Clairette Blanche
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Eikenhof Vineyard grown by Deon Joubert
  • Vine Age: 35-40 years old
  • Yield: 1.7 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Granite (sandy topsoil, gravel subsoil)
  • TA: 4.9 g/L
  • pH: 3.52
  • Alcohol: 11.64%
  • Oak: 10 months in neutral French tonneau
  • Production: 400 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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