Craven Pinot Gris 2022

Craven Pinot Gris 2022

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Pinot Gris isn't an abundant grape planted in Stellenbosch and although a lot of the wine drinking world think and assume it is a 'white grape', it is in fact a lovely coppery/dark rose skinned grape. With this being the case, this wine is fermented like a red. Made from 100% Pinot Gris from a vineyard planted in 2007, the 2022 vintage saw a significant change in vinification. This year it was fermented and aged 100% in concrete tanks. The grapes were destemmed into concrete tanks and given a light pump-over once a day for gentle extraction of the rose-coloured hue and chalky tannin. 2022 had such developed tannins that only 6 days on skins was sufficient to give ample texture to the wine. The wine was then drained and pressed into concrete tanks for a further 6 months of elevage. Bottled at 12%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: Complex with red fruit notes as well as subtle savoury, with notes of cured meats like prosciutto.

Palate: Fruit forward entry with a savoury mid-palate. Notes of raspberries and strawberries on entry, followed by prosciutto.

Finish: Medium length with an interesting salinity making you eager for another sip.

Mick and Jeanine started Craven Wines in 2014, sourcing fruit from single vineyard sites in and around Stellenbosch and making "site-specific, honest wines". Originally from Australia, they met whilst working in Sonoma, California, before both moving to Jeanine's hometown of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2011. They are both fantastic in the vineyard and in the cellar where their approach is to tread gently and extraction is gentle.


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Craven Pinot Gris 2022