2022 Craven "Firs Vineyard" Syrah, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

The well-balanced palate is medium-bodied with a slightly pastille-like opening, mulberry and blueberry fruit and superbly judged acidity. Hints of green olive develop toward the composed, persistent finish. Superb.


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The grapes are left 100% whole bunch, and lightly stomped by foot to extract a little juice. Very gentle pumpovers are performed once or twice daily, as we want to minimise extraction and maintain as many whole bunches as possible. The 2023 wine for the first time underwent elevage in concrete. An ageing vessel we really feel helps to showcase best what the vineyard is all about.


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 textbooks 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, the States and South America, the couple returned to South Africa in late 2011. They feel Stellenbosch has such an amazing array of sites and terroir, and that it is perfect for what they want to do, which is making site-specific, honest wines.


Grape(s) Syrah
Farming Organic