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Chardonnay - Craven Wines - 2022

  • Origin

    Stellenbosch / South Africa

  • Style


  • Grape Variety


  • Production


  • ABV

    11.5 %

  • Winemaking

    The fruit comes from the coveted Bluegum Grove Vineyard in the Polkadraai Hills. Granite, sandy soils with vines at 19yrs old.


    Whole-bunch pressed to tank and left to settle. The next day the juice was racked into neutral 500L barrels, still quite dirty to promote a healthy fermentation, and remained there to complete malolactic fermentation. Primary fermentation lasted about two months with ML finishing considerably ahead of the primary.


    The lees was stirred every so often to reduce reduction. After 9 months of élevage in the same barrels, the wine was racked and bottled with a light sheet filtration and a small dose of SO2. No fining.

  • The Wine

    Mick Craven and his wife Jeanine started Craven Wines in 2014, sourcing fruit from single vineyard sites in and around Stellenbosch and making “site-specific, honest wines”

    This is a restrained and saline Chardonnay that balances white pear and citrus pith with hints of anis and sea spray. Refined, and brilliant value: a wine for any night of the week.

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