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Clairette Blanche 2015

Craven
Clairette Blanche

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A taste of the Southern Rhone transplanted to South Africa, Craven’s Clairette is absolutely brimming with zesty grapefruit flavours alongside a slightly pithy texture from some time on the skins...

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We love this because...

A taste of the Southern Rhone transplanted to South Africa, Craven’s Clairette is absolutely brimming with zesty grapefruit flavours alongside a slightly pithy texture from some time on the skins during fermentation. This comes together in a white wine with real vivacity and excitement that is an exceptional partner for Vietnamese flavours.

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Flavour profile

Complexity (C): 80
Acidity (A): 80
Body (B): 60
Fruit (F): 40
Oak (O): 20

Tasting notes

Apple Floral Orange Pear

The story

Wine type

Funky, exciting white

Region

Stellenbosch

South Africa

Bottle alcohol content

75cl

11.5%

The wine

More typically associated with the South of France, Clairette actually has a proud history in South Africa. Sadly many vineyards have suffered the fate of being pulled up to make way for more fashionable varieties but one of the last plots in Stellenbosch remains at Polkadraai and provides the grapes for this wine. 

In the winery Mick and Jeanine split the harvest in 2015 and made two distinct components for this wine; the first is made from juice which is immediately pressed and then sent to old oak barrels for fermentation and aging. Alongside this a proportion is made by destemming the grapes and then fermenting them with the skins until dry (10-12 days). These combine to produce a white with real texture and complexity that is a great advert for the variety.

The producer

The story Craven is one of the hottest new wineries in South Africa but its origins lie further...

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