Craven Clairette Blanche Stellenbosch 2017
Clairette Blanche is a variety that has a very long history not only in Stellenbosch, but in South Africa. Sadly due to popular demand of other varieties, a lot of it was ripped out. Luckily this little block in the Polkadraai Hills is still in the ground and is said to be one of, if not the last block in Stellenbosch. Naturally, wanting to make wines from Stellenbosch it was a no-brainer to make a wine from these grapes.
In the cellar the wine is made in two different 'styles' for the 2017 vintage. One component is whole bunch pressed straight to old neutral barrels for fermentation. The other portion of the grapes is de-stemmed and fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks on the skins. Gentle pumpovers throughout fermentation are all that is done and once dry (around 10-12 days) we drain and press to old neutral barrels for maturation. Before bottling, the two components are blended together (60% skin fermented and 40% whole bunch press).