2017
Craven Wines
'Faure Vineyard'
Pinot Noir
Stellenbosch

2017
Craven Wines
'Faure Vineyard'
Pinot Noir
Stellenbosch

Pinot Noir was the first wine Mick and Jeanine made back in 2013 with grapes from Jeanine's family farm in Faure. It is a great grape to work with, showing the femininity of this site more than any other grape. This block lies on probably one of the 'coolest' sites in Stellenbosch on a south-westerly slope facing False Bay which is 2.5 miles away. 100% planted to clone 115 in 1998, it is a relatively low yielding block and loves to be picked nice and early.

In the cellar the de-stemmer is set aside opting to ferment this wine 100% whole bunch. Fruit is picked by hand and lightly foot stomped in open top fermenters to get some juice. From there it is lightly pumped over one-two times a day to quite simply move the juice around. The idea is not to over extract, wanting to keep as many whole bunches and berries intact. 2017 was on skins/stems for around 10 days, then drained and pressed to old barrels for 10 months.

The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, with nothing added during the winemaking process apart from a dash of sulphur.

  • Region: Stellenbosch
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Faure Vineyard grown by Henning Retief
  • Vine Age: 19 years old
  • Yield: 2.3 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Sandy shale topsoil, clay mixed with hard shale subsoil
  • TA: 5.1 g/L
  • pH: 3.67
  • Alcohol: 11.71%
  • Skin Contact: 10 days
  • Oak: 10 months in neutral French barrique
  • Production: 200 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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