Chardonnay Bluegum Grove: The first ever vintage of Chardonnay released by the Cravens. Fruit was sourced on a lovely block of Chardonnay in Polkadraai granite soils that has helped reveal the saline, steely character that Chardonnay can exhibit when it is at its best. Not quite a wine for those who want butter and oak, but magnificent for those who like precision and refreshment.
Chenin Blanc Karibib: This fantastic farm is in the heart of the Polkadraai Hills and this block is farmed without herbicides and unnecessary pesticides. Wine is made to express that classic Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc character of yellow fruits (Pear and quince) while still having the focus that the Polkadraai granite adds.
Pinot Gris Newlands: Not your average Pinot Gris - this wine has a lovely pink/copper hue from the 7 days of skin contact the Cravens give it before pressing. This wine is all about texture and perfume. Drinking somewhere between a light red and a blanc de noir, this is so versatile, just don't chill it too much.
Cinsaut Rustenhof: From a truly special vineyard planted 3km from False Bay it is a relatively 'cooler' site in Stellenbosch. Cinsaut at its best creates such lovely fresh, vibrant wine with amazing aromatics. The same vineyard that Bernard Bredell, from Scions of Sinai, uses. 100% destemming means the fruit can come to the fore on the palate.
Syrah The Firs: Our favourite Craven wine here at Ex Animo. Fruit comes from a really nice site up on the slopes of Devon Valley. Planted on deep red, iron rich clay soils we love how this soil adds structure and intensity to the wine without having to ripen the grapes to monster levels. 0% destemming to add spiciness and finesse of tannin from the bunches to the wine. Lovely black olive and blackberry fruits. Truly special.
Cabernet Sauvignon Karibib: After only receiving a minute amount of this wine from the 2018 harvest (the first), we are pleased to say we have much more this year. Like the Chenin Blanc, it is from the Karibib Farm (remember that name), this allows the Cravens to pick earlier (12.5%) yet avoid excessive greenness that can be prevalent in many other Cabernet wines. Like in 2018 fermented including 100% of the stems. The wine still delivers all the Cabernet flavours you would expect, but it doesn't come with the 15% alc.
Also available in tiny quantities:
2018 Clairette Blanche
R210 / bt. R1,197 / 6pk
2018 Chenin Blanc Karibib
R225 / bt. R1,282.50 / 6pk