Craven Pinot Noir 2014
By Christian Eedes, 28 May 2015
The Pinot Noir made by Mick and Janine Craven from grapes grown in Faure, Stellenbosch gets better and better gaining a little extra gravitas with each passing vintage.
The 2014 (Wine Cellar price: R135 a bottle) combines delicacy with detail – there’s far more going on that its 10.9% alcohol by volume might suggest.
On the nose, red cherry, fragrance and spice but also more base notes of black olive, earth and farmyard. It’s particularly medium bodied but possess lovely fruit definition, almost tingly acidity and fine tannins – although fermentation involved 100% whole bunches, there’s very little sense of stalkiness. Is it typical Pinot Noir? Who cares? It’s delicious.