Craven, Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml 2018

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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SKU
CravenCabernetSauvignon201818042019
R260

Critic Score

92-94
GS

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Their story begins back in 2007 while both 'dragging hose' in Sonoma, California, for the harvest season. A chance meeting between an Aussie and a South African has eventually turned into Craven Wines. Back in 2011 they moved to Stellenbosch, South Africa, a place they both have an affinity for. They both feel Stellenbosch has such an amazing array of sites and terroir, and that it is perfect for what they want to do. Which is make site-specific, honest wines. Let the grapes do the talking.

Tasting notes:
'Sourced from a vineyard in the Polkadraai, Stellenbosch. Currently still in cask with an envisaged ageing in barrel of 10 to 12 months before bottling. First thing that strikes you about this wine is how ripe and juicy it is without being 14-15 degrees Abv. The nose boasts the most delicious, mouth-watering aromatics of red cherry, cranberry, crunchy cassis, rose petals and an almost Cinsault’esque kiss of Turkish delight. Palate is lean and lithe, wonderfully linear and precise with Parma violets, cherry bon bons and Victoria plums a la Mick’s Adelaide roots. Not a jot of greeness in sight. Vibrant, expressive and firmly a smashable vin de soif style but certainly no frivolity in evidence. So crystalline, pure, unadulterated Cabernet fruit at its very best.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 92-94+/100

'Winemaking involved 100% whole-bunch fermentation and maturation lasting nine months in old oak. Red and black fruit, violets and fresh herbs plus some earth on the nose while the palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins, the finish gently savoury. Possessing a lovely energy, this is the antithesis of conventional Stellenbosch Cab.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 90/100

More Information
Bottle Size750ml
StyleRed
CountrySouth Africa
RatingGS 92-94
Drink ToDrink or cellar
PriceR260.00
ProducerCraven
RegionStellenbosch
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com  |  AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com  |  CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za  |  DEC: Decanter  |  GS: Greg Sherwood MW  |  JR: JancisRobinson.com  |  NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show  |  PG: Platter's Guide  |  TA: Tim Atkin MW  |  WA: Wine Advocate  |  WE: Wine Enthusiast  |  WS: Wine Spectator