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Mick & Jeanine Craven
Vintage 2019 Release of
Craven is one of the most interesting wine projects in South Africa. It's part of the rediscovery of the best vineyard sites in Stellenbosch that's currently underway.
To do less, you need to know more. Their low-interventionist winemaking is as much hands-off, as it is tuned on. The duo knows their vineyards intricately, and craft only single-vineyard wines, picked early and respectfully to best reflect site and vintage.

— Jamie Goode, 
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Here at Ex Animo Wine Co, we have decided to offer out the new 2019 wines from the Cravens directly to the drinking public of South Africa. These will be delivered as soon as lockdown ends. Descriptions of each wine and prices are below.

Working exclusively with Stellenbosch WO, Mick and Jeanine have been making Craven Wines since 2013. They are all single vineyard, single variety wines.

Their goals are purity, freshness and balance - there is minimal interference with the grapes once they reach the cellar. By far most of the Cravens' efforts throughout the year is in the vineyards and working with the farmers from whom they buy their fruit.

In our opinion Mick and Jeanine are producing some of the most exciting wines coming out of Stellenbosch.

Listen to Mick Craven talk about the 2019 wines
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

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  1. Delivery will only be after lockdown finishes, but you already knew that.
  2. Orders must be in multiples of 6 bottles.
  3. Delivery outside Cape Town and surrounds is R60/6bt.
  4. Straight 6-pks receive a 5% discount (prices above).
  5. After the order is placed we will send you an invoice. Once that invoice has been paid we will send the wine.
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