Craven Chenin Blanc


Craven Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2019 (750ml)


Savoury and complexed, this is really not about fruit, but about place. Tangerine, honeysuckle, green earth rides over a generous bed of downy lees, while a characteristic granitic grip hums along the lengthy, wild scrub kissed finish. Drinking very well now, very much in youth, and will age gracefully. 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 Chenin Blanc from this part of the world.


Their 4th vintage of Chenin, this is from early-picked, 37-year-old radial bush vines on the weathered granite soils of Polkadraai’s Karibib Vineyard, a vineyard they took control of in 2015, and started organic viticulture. Grapes are whole bunch pressed to neutral 500L barrels after 5 hours, and after a five month wild ferment and natural MLF, it was left on the lees for four more months before racking. 

Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Organic, Biodynamic
13 % alc./vol