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Craven Pinot Noir 2013

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Cherry bomb.
Cherry bomb.

I liked the Pinot Noir 2012 well enough from Mick and Janine Craven (see here) but the 2013 (approximate retail price R130 a bottle) is a definite step up. From a vineyard on predominantly sand and clay in Faure, Stellenbosch, grapes underwent 100% whole-bunch fermentation.

A pretty wine showing red cherries, some floral fragrance and subtle spice on the nose. Light bodied (abv is 12.5%) but showing lovely fruit purity, fresh acidity and tannins none too stalky. Precise and well balanced.

Score: 88/100.

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