2019 Craven Chenin Blanc

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Old-vine Chenin Blanc out of Stellenbosch, South Africa.


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Categories: World of Wine
Super stuff.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

It took some time for Mick and Jeanine to find the right vineyard to produce a Craven Chenin Blanc.

In 2015, they stumbled across a vineyard up in the Polkadraai Hills that had just what they were looking for. The fruit these vines were producing was designated for making sweet wine. However, when approached about white a dry white made with his grapes, the grower jumped at the chance.

It's one of their best cuveés now. A razor sharp, electric Chenin with real energy. It's a wine that twists through the finish and finishes squeaky and dry. It's a first rate Chennin Blanc from this part of the world.

About Craven Wines

Mick and Jeanine Craven met whilst lugging hoses in a Sonoma winery back in 2007. A relationship blossomed between the two, as did a shared passion for exploring the wide world of wine. Jeanine is South African, Mick is an Aussie; together they've made they've made their home in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

In Stellenbosch, they've found a mix of unique sites and terroirs that excite them and bring their imaginations to life. The wines that they craft from these sites are made simply but with great care and attention. Nothing is added to the wines save for a little sulphur. Transporting you to different pockets of their home through the medium of wine is their mission.

The wines are stellar and receiving great press. They are part of the small, energetic sect of South African wine labels rediscovering and reimagining their wine scene.

Mick and Jeanine Craven
Mick and Jeanine Craven
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Additional Info

From The Producer

Chenin blanc is a variety that we have always wanted to work with, but were waiting for the right vineyard to come along. Towards the end of 2015, we came across a beautiful site up on the Polkadraai Hills. This faux-bushvine vineyard had been farmed for sweet wine production, and the farmer was happy that a few us were excited to make some dry wine out of it! A little bit of TLC and we had a special block on our hands.

We whole-bunch press this wine to 500L barrels, where it is left to ferment naturally. We let the wine complete malolactic fermentation and stabilise itself, and the wine is then left on the lees for around 4 months before its first racking. It spends a total of 9 months in barrel before bottling. Unfined & unfiltered.

Blend : Chenin Blanc (100%)
ABV : 13.00%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Craven vineyard source
Craven vineyard source
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Scents of lemon soap, faint cashew, some sandalwood notes, a touch of flint. Smells real good. Palate is flinty too, vibrant, alive, energetic and chock full of zingy acidity with good flavour and freshness on show. Tart, citrus-driven flavours and that lick of nuttiness is the deal. Excellent, tightly found finish for those seeking longevity from their white wines too. Super stuff." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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