Craven Syrah Faure Vineyard 2014 Stellenbosch, South Africa Draft

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This is interesting. It’s from Craven Wines, which is a new project from Mick and Jeanine Craven that focuses on single vineyard wines from special sites in Stellenbosch. The approach is to pick early enough so that there’s proper terroir expression, and work with native ferments and older oak to encourage the site to shine through rather than winemaking style. The Faure vineyard was planted in the early 1990s on a very rocky site. This was 100% whole bunch fermented and then went to different sized older oak for maturation. It’s a lovely, drinkable, thought-provoking wine.

Craven Syrah Faure Vineyard 2014 Stellenbosch, South Africa
11.5% alcohol. Vivid and peppery with black cherry, blackberry, clove and spice with a savoury, grippy intensity and a hint of citrus. This is super-drinkable but not too easy, with lovely brightness. It’s not green, but there’s some sappy freshness and a lovely black pepper bite here. This is a really thought-provoking wine with the fruit trying its best to be generous and ripe, but being boxed in by the savoury structure and keen acidity. Quite delicious and more-ish but not simple. 93/100 (c. £20 Dvinecellars, Philglass & Swiggot, Roberson)

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