2018
Craven
Cabernet Sauvignon
Stellenbosch

2018
Craven
Cabernet Sauvignon
Stellenbosch

The King! A variety Mick and Jeanine never thought they would entertain making until a lovely little site on the Karibib Vineyard was made apparent. During ripening it just has intense and correct flavors at a relatively low sugar levels. So Mick made a spur of the minute decision to pick a little bit and make his first Cabernet.

Going against what is considered ‘standard operating procedure’, he fermented the grapes 100% whole bunch. He and Jeanine love the tannin structure and aromatics this can give to a wine and thought why not try it on Cab? The grapes were pressed a little earlier than complete dryness to make sure the tannins didn’t get too aggressive and the ferment finished in tank. The wine was then matured in neutral 225L barrels for 10 months before bottling. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, with nothing added during the winemaking process apart from a dash of sulfur.

Strong perfume of blueberries, kirsch, ,a hint of beetroot with a dash of white pepper, and crushed sage emerge from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity bringing focused notes of darker fruit than the nose suggests and black olive flavors with a touch of cassis, closing with evolving and very fine tannins. This has amazing energy for 12.5% alcohol and in many ways is the antithesis of the 'norm' associated with Stellenbosch Cabernet.

  • Region: Stellenbosch (Polkadraai sub-region)
  • Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Vineyard: Karibib Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 19-years-old
  • Yield: 3 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Decomposed Granite & Clay
  • TA: 5 grams per liter
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Oak: 12 months in neutral French 225L barriques
  • 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 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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