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Karib Chenin Blanc 2016

Craven
Karib Chenin Blanc

We love this because...

This is Craven's first take on South Africa's signature white variety and it is a fantastic debut. A subtle mix of lemon and quince fruit combine with richer yellow plum and white flower notes - this is all held in balance by a great texture resulting from the mix of lees and old oak used in the aging.

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We love this because...

This is Craven's first take on South Africa's signature white variety and it is a fantastic debut. A subtle mix of lemon and quince fruit combine with richer yellow plum and white flower notes - this is all held in balance by a great texture resulting from the mix of lees and old oak used in the aging.

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Flavour profile

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

Tasting notes

Floral Lemon Plum Spices

Pair this wine with...

Asparagus Ceviche Shellfish Thai

The story

Wine type

Precise, elegant white.

100% Chenin Blanc

100% old 500l oak (9 months)

Region

Stellenbosch.

South Africa.

Bottle alcohol content

75cl

11.96%

The wine

The 2016 Karib is Craven’s first foray in Chenin Blanc but Mick and Jeanine have long wanted to get onboard with their take on South Africa’s signature white grape variety. They’ve been looking for the ideal site and finally discovered it in time for the 2016 harvest. Located in the Polkadraai hills on weathered granite soils the vineyard was planted out 1982 so is reaching a fantastic level of maturity now.

In the winery the grapes are pressed and the juice sent to 500L old oak barrels to ferment using native yeasts. After fermentation the wine is allowed to naturally undergo malolactic fermentation and then aged with its lees for four months prior to racking to build texture. After being racked it is returned to barrel where it completes a total of 9 months aging prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Pure, precise and delicious the Karib Chenin Blanc combines elegant citrus, plum and white flower notes with great acidity and texture – a superb debut vintage.

The producer

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

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