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The Firs Vineyard Syrah

Craven, The Firs Vineyard Syrah 2016

R220

22 in stock

Notes

The latest Craven wines excite with their verve and keen sense of balance. As Stellenbosch revolutionaries, Mick and Jeanine Craven’s constant experimentation and their willingness to fight for great little parcels, have made them the poster couple for bringing whole-bunch, skin contact, early picking and all things geeky to Stellenbosch. These Young Gunners are the Stellenbosch champions of light, yet complex wines.

Their confidence and clarity of vision are apparent in the two Syrahs on offer. Both are 100% whole-bunch fermented and made with a minimum-intervention approach. The Craven Faure Vineyard Syrah 2016 is a bit weightier and from rocky shale and granitic soil, whilst the Craven Syrah The Firs Vineyard 2016 is more delicate and linear in its presentation being grown on clay-rich soils. They both show remarkable detail and texture for wines of 12% alcohol and lower, with really fine, persistent tannins allowing for great purity of fruit. All Craven wines are bone-dry. While these are best enjoyed young, they will gain from an extra 6 months to a year in the bottle. Only available in small volumes.

Tasting notes:
'Mick and Jeanine Craven of Craven Wines differentiate themselves by working exclusively with vineyards in the very grand appellation which is Stellenbosch but then apply resolutely new-wave methodology – early picking and very often whole-bunch fermentation being particular hallmarks of their approach. From a Devon Valley vineyard on dark red clay. Lavender, dark fruit and pepper on the nose. Appears fuller than its Faure Vineyard counterpart despite an alcohol of just 11.87%. Succulent fruit, chewy tannins but perhaps the less detailed of the two.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 92/100

'Faure is rocky, bright and mineral whereas this is dark and black: punchy and moody. This usually comes in a week before the Faure. Complex, vivid and dark with lovely black cherry and blackberry fruit. Has supple fresh fruit but also some structure. Tight and wound up. So supple and structured. ' – Jamie Goode 94/100

'The Firs comes from iron-rich clays in the Devon Valley and is much more vigorous and powerful than the Cravens’ Faure Vineyard Syrah. Plush, dense and smooth, with plenty of grip and focus, attractive oak and a ferrous undertone. Another excellent, low alcohol Syrah. 2019-26'. – Tim Atkin, Special South Africa Report 2017, 92/100

The latest Craven wines excite with their verve and keen sense of balance. As Stellenbosch revolutionaries, Mick and Jeanine Craven’s constant experimentation and their willingness to fight for great little parcels, have made them the poster couple for bringing whole-bunch, skin contact, early picking and all things geeky to Stellenbosch. These Young Gunners are the Stellenbosch champions of light, yet complex wines.

Their confidence and clarity of vision are apparent in the two Syrahs on offer. Both are 100% whole-bunch fermented and made with a minimum-intervention approach. The Craven Faure Vineyard Syrah 2016 is a bit weightier and from rocky shale and granitic soil, whilst the Craven Syrah The Firs Vineyard 2016 is more delicate and linear in its presentation being grown on clay-rich soils. They both show remarkable detail and texture for wines of 12% alcohol and lower, with really fine, persistent tannins allowing for great purity of fruit. All Craven wines are bone-dry. While these are best enjoyed young, they will gain from an extra 6 months to a year in the bottle. Only available in small volumes.

Tasting notes:
'Mick and Jeanine Craven of Craven Wines differentiate themselves by working exclusively with vineyards in the very grand appellation which is Stellenbosch but then apply resolutely new-wave methodology – early picking and very often whole-bunch fermentation being particular hallmarks of their approach. From a Devon Valley vineyard on dark red clay. Lavender, dark fruit and pepper on the nose. Appears fuller than its Faure Vineyard counterpart despite an alcohol of just 11.87%. Succulent fruit, chewy tannins but perhaps the less detailed of the two.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 92/100

'Faure is rocky, bright and mineral whereas this is dark and black: punchy and moody. This usually comes in a week before the Faure. Complex, vivid and dark with lovely black cherry and blackberry fruit. Has supple fresh fruit but also some structure. Tight and wound up. So supple and structured. ' – Jamie Goode 94/100

'The Firs comes from iron-rich clays in the Devon Valley and is much more vigorous and powerful than the Cravens’ Faure Vineyard Syrah. Plush, dense and smooth, with plenty of grip and focus, attractive oak and a ferrous undertone. Another excellent, low alcohol Syrah. 2019-26'. – Tim Atkin, Special South Africa Report 2017, 92/100

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Country

ZA

Region

Stellenbosch

Style

Red

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