It feels like the Craven’s are hitting their stride with the release of their 2021 vintages. There was a certain confidence and calm during their presentation last week to the Cape Town trade. They know their wines are good and if you looked at the approving nods around the room it is clear that, at least in the Western Cape, we agree.
Working exclusively with Stellenbosch grapes, Jeanine and Mick have been making Craven Wines since 2013. All their wines are single vineyard and single varietal. There is a laser-like focus on the palate of these wines, which includes the skin-contact Pinot Gris which has gained a cult following around the world and our favourite of the range.
The Cravens believe in a hands-off approach in the winery, focusing most of their efforts in the vineyards throughout the year.
Following very much the same wine making principles as the Cravens is the team at Roodekrantz.
“Our philosophy is based on the principle that wines are made in the vineyard. Careful vineyard selection is therefore key to our results. Very close relationships with growers ensure sustainable vineyard practices and deliver consistent quality in the bottle.”
Their range of single vineyard, old vine Chenin Blancs has taken the country by storm. We were especially impressed with the great value of some of their wines. Two of our favourites we have selected here.