2021 Craven Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa
ABOUT THIS WINE
Planted in granite and sand in 2005, this site is farmed by Danie Carinus. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed to tank where the juice settles overnight. It’s then racked into neutral puncheon for fermentation and élevage.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Craven Wines is a winemaking collaboration between husband-and-wife team Mick and Jeanine Craven. Both have made the hard philosophical decision to work exclusively with organic farmers in Stellenbosch. This meant they had to give up their beloved Faure vineyard because the owners refused not to spray systemic herbicides. With such extreme drought conditions, farmers are justifiably worried about weeds consuming what little rain they receive. The Craven’s prefer working with farmers that understand that a well-chosen cover crop will actually improve water retention, provide much needed nitrogen, prevent the proliferation of moisture sucking weeds, and ultimately negate the use of chemical herbicides.The newest member of the Craven family comes from Blue Gum Grove Vineyard in Stellenbosch’s Polkadraai Hills. This eastern portion of the region has more influence from False Bay, making it slightly cooler.