The 2016 vintage sees two different Syrahs in the Craven line up and it makes for a really exciting chance to showcase the specific sites they come from. The Faure (which is the site they have produced from for several years) is a site with rocky shale over granite – a classic combination for growing quality Syrah. This is coupled with a location that ensure the grapes are cooled by sea breezes ensuring the harvest here is marked by freshness and elegance. Overall it makes the Faure stand out as the more finessed and structured of the two Craven Syrahs.
Winemaking is similar to all of the other Craven reds with 100% whole cluster fermentation, natural yeasts and very gentle pumpovers during the ferment to gently extract tannins. After pressing the wine is sent to age in older oak to help build structure and texture without adding anything in the way of overt oak flavours. Aging lasts for 10 months before the wine is finally bottled unfined and unfiltered. Lots of Freshy blackberry and black plum fruit combine with peppery spice and hints of espresso to give a finished wine that combines intense complex flavours with a fine, elegant structure.