2021 Craven "Firs Vineyard" Syrah, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This whole cluster Syrah is fresh, lifted and classic in flavor profile. Think of it as a baby Côte-Rôtie!


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In 2015 the Cravens produced two Syrahs adding 'The Firs' to the family.

The Faure site is on an easterly aspect facing the Helderberg Mountain. It's proximity to the ocean (less than two miles) means it receives a consistent afternoon sea breeze cooling off during the growing season. Like most of the red wines, Mick is judicious in the use of whole bunch fermentation. This was fermented 100% whole bunches in stainless steel open tops. Very gentle pumpovers were all this wine received, to minimize extraction and maintain as many whole bunches as possible. The 2017 vintage was pressed off after 10 days on skins into old puncheons for 10 months.


Craven Wines is a winemaking collaboration between husband-and-wife team Mick and Jeanine Craven. Mick is an Aussie and Jeanine is South African; 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 traveling 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