Mick and Jeanine Craven


Craven, Stellenbosch, South Africa

The 2014 vintage was the first commercial release from dynamic husband-and-wife winemaking team Mick and Jeanine Craven. Mick (Australian) and Jeanine (a Stellenbosch native) met during vintage in California in 2007 and have travelled the winemaking world since, finally settling in Jeanine’s native Stellenbosch.
“We chose South Africa, as we think there is a lot of potential here to make amazing wines. We live in Stellenbosch and our hearts are here in this town, which is why we only make wines from the Stellenbosch region, as we want to be within a heartbeat of the vines. We want to make wines which are interesting, both stylistically and by varietal, but also wines which have a sense of place and express where they come from. We have isolated particular vineyard sites, for their unique soils and micro-climates, where we work with the growers to ensure that we get the best results from the particular sites. All our wines will come from single vineyards around Stellenbosch. Winemaking is very hands off with minimal additions (if any), native ferments and neutral oak.”

Location

Stellenbosch, South Africa

 

Soil

4 different parcels, some very rocky (granite, dolorite, quartz, gravel, or even shale) others very sandy.

Varieties cultivated

Clairette, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah

Farming/Winemaking

Minimal additions (few SO2 only), native ferments, neutral oak