Craven, Clairette Blanche
This is a great oxidative white from South Africa, super delicious nutty notes and piercing green apple acidity. This tastes a lot more expensive than it is.
Grapes: Clairette Blanche
Place: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Mick and his wife Jeanine started Craven Wines in 2014, sourcing fruit from single vineyard sites in and around Stellenbosch and making “site-specific, honest wines”. Originally from Australia Mick met Jeanine whilst working in Sonoma, California, before both moving to South Africa in 2011.
All fruit sourced now comes only from vineyards whose farmers are dedicated to working their land organically. Stellenbosch has an array of different sites and terroirs allowing Mick to “let the grapes do the talking…” Increasingly farmers are understanding the importance of cover crops and removing chemical treatments.