Craven Pinot Gris 2020
By Christian Eedes, 5 February 2021
Though often made to use white wine, Pinot Gris is a relatively dark-skinned variety and Mick and Jeanine Craven aren’t inclined to waste the that colour or the flavour trapped in that outer layer and hence keep their wine from Stellenbosch grapes on the skins for an extended period, eight days in the case of the 2020.
Translucent rose in colour, the nose shows a hint of musk before red apple and red currant. The palate has a marvelous crunchy quality – good fruit density, bright acidity and a lightly salty finish. It’s definitely more vinous than some previous vintages, less Blanc de Noir and more a light red wine and should prove super-versatile, either as an aperitif or paired with lighter, tapas-like dishes. Price: R210 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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