South Africa

Mick Craven 2017 Stellenbosch Karibib Vineyard

This soulful Chenin Blanc is sourced from the beautiful Karibib vineyard in the granite-laden Polkadraai Hills (Stellenbosch). The 38 year-old vines are east-facing and have been "liberated" from their wires and now grow as bush vines. Mick and Jeanine Craven have a gentle but precise hand in the cellar; the grapes are pressed into 500L barrels where they ferment with native yeasts, then spend 4 months on the fine lees before racking. After a total of 9 months in barrel, the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered with only a small amount of sulfur added. The 2017 is seductive yet restrained. Invigorating aromas of zesty pineapple, sea salt, and ripened apricots are evocative of Chenin from Touraine. The honeyed palate is textured with focused and linear mineral acidity. Flavors of subtle orchard fruit, ginger, and lemon pith make this a lovely pairing for greenbean casserole and leftover turkey sandwiches. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99