White, Ready, but will keep

2015 Craven Clairette Blanche, Stellenbosch

2015 Craven Clairette Blanche, Stellenbosch

White | Ready, but will keep | Craven | Code:  38904 | 2015 | South Africa > Stellenbosch | Clairette | Medium Bodied, Dry | 11.5 % alcohol

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WA

90/100

WA - The 2015 Clairette Blanche comes from vines literally across the road from Mulderbosch that had been previously sold to Distell (some is sold to John Seccombe at Thorne & Daughters for his Rocking Horse label). Half is skin-fermented to add body, the rest whole bunch pressed. It offers an attractive nose of honeysuckle, grapefruit and wax resin scents that are well defined. The palate is well balanced with a waxy texture, more resinous in flavor than fruit-driven, with a touch of lemongrass leading to a concentrated and very saline finish that is not unlike a charged Muscadet (meant in a good way). This is one of those South African wines prospering outside the envelope.
Neal Martin - 30/11/2015

The Producer

Craven

Craven

The 2014 vintage was the first commercial release from dynamic husband-and-wife winemaking team Mick and Jeanine Craven. Mick (an Aussie) and Jeanine (a Stellenbosch native) met during vintage in California in 2007 and have travelled the winemaking world since, finally settling in Jeanine’s native Stellenbosch.
“We chose South Africa, as we think there is a lot of potential here to make amazing wines. We live in Stellenbosch and our hearts are here in this town, which is why we only make wines from the Stellenbosch region, as we want to be within a heartbeat of the vines. We want to make wines which are interesting, both stylistically and by varietal, but also wines which have a sense of place and express where they come from. We have isolated particular vineyard sites, for their unique soils and micro-climates, where we work with the growers to ensure that we get the best results from the particular sites. All our wines will come from single vineyards around Stellenbosch. Winemaking is very hands off with minimal additions (if any), native ferments and neutral oak.”

The Grape

Clairette

Clairette

The Region

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is South Africa’s best-known wine region, producing a wide variety of wines from leading estates, even though it accounts for less than 20 per cent of the country’s total production. Designated wards within the wine region are Jonkershoek Valley, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Bottelary, Devon Valley and Papegaaiberg.

At 17,500 hectares, Stellenbosch remains the Cape's most famous and important fine wine district, thanks to its proximity to Cape Town, to the cooling influences of False Bay, its mountainous (ie Helderberg, Simonsberg), granitic topography and its centres of learning such as Elsenburg Agricultural College. 

It's notable for the refinement of its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, especially from the likes of Glenelly EstateKeermont Vineyards Oldenburg Vineyards, Raats Family and Anwilka

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