Craven Faure Vineyard Syrah 2015
By Christian Eedes, 5 April 2016
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 nose shows red and black fruit, lavender, white pepper and spice. The palate is light and fresh as you’d expect from a wine with an alcohol of 12.5% but certainly isn’t dilute or too stemmy – in fact, there’s a proper and quite winning vinosity about it. Approximate retail price: R195 a bottle.
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