Craven Faure Vineyard Syrah 2016

Mick and Jeanine Craven of Craven Wines differentiate themselves by working exclusively with vineyards in the very grand appellation which is Stellenbosch but then apply resolutely new-wave methodology – early picking and very often whole-bunch fermentation being particular hallmarks of their approach. Tasting notes and ratings for the soon-to-be-released 2016s as follows: Craven Clairette Blanche […]

March 14, 2017
by Christian
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Craven Faure Vineyard Syrah 2015

If the 2014 vintage of Faure Vineyard Syrah from Mick and Janine Craven was “skinny like a model”, the 2015 has a bit more flesh on the bones and is altogether more likeable. Fermented whole-bunch and matured for some 10 months in predominantly 500-litre barrels plus a few 225-litre barriques, all old of course, the […]

April 5, 2016
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Marthélize Tredoux: In praise of lighter reds and rosé

I don’t mind sharing with you that last week was arguably the crappiest of the entire year so far. I’d compare the last couple of days to a papercut. Between your toes. Nothing that would kill you but unbearable, unpleasant and downright unnecessary. But I won’t turn the post into a diary entry of a […]

November 9, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Craven Clairette Blanche 2014

According to, Clairette is a “widely distributed southern French variety producing full-bodied whites that can hang on to their acidity quite impressively” and is “also widely planted in South Africa, where it is generally used for blending”. In fact, Clairette is not that widely planted locally – 263ha at the end of 2013, putting […]

December 9, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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