Craven Clairette Blanche 2018
Clairette Blanche is a grape rarely made as a single variety wine, more often finding itself blended away or turned into brandy. Jeanine and Mick Craven found a vineyard in the Polkadraai Hills of Stellenbosch and had their way with it for a few vintages before the grower pulled the vines out in favour of something more popular.
We were (and are) big fans of the wine and poured loads of the 2018 in the bar. It was always a winner, so we got hold of the Cravens and secured the last handful of cases of what is the final vintage of this wine. We're selling them as 3s or 6s.
60% whole bunch pressed into neutral barrels for fermentation; the rest de-stemmed into open top stainless steel tanks for fermentation on skins.
A few years of bottle age have seen the wine take on a lovely pithy chewiness alongside its bright fruit and signature Craven freshness, with some lemon zest, tropical notes and ginger adding complexity. A real banger. - MF
What is orange wine?
AKA 'skin contact' wine, orange wine is skin macerated white wine. Instead of tossing the white grape skins away and fermenting the juice alone, a winemakers will choose to ferment their white wine juice along with their skins, allowing the wine to extract colour, texture and flavour from them. Think of orange wine as white wine made like red wine.