Due to the popularity of other varieties, Clairette Blanche is a grape which has fallen out of favour in South Africa. Luckily, Craven have managed to get their hands on some of the last of this dying breed and do something amazing.
Part of a new wave of minimal intervention and natural winemaking in South Africa, husband and wife team Mick and Jeanine Craven are producing stunning site-driven wines from the Stellenbosch Region. After having met ...Learn more
“'Must-try white' - Clairette has a long history in the Cape, but it was ripped out in favour of more popular varieties; grapes for this are from one of the last plots in Stellenbosch. Half were fermented on skins for two weeks giving extra complexity, a velvet texture, green apple, lime and ginger hints.”
“2014 marks the first commercial release for this Australian husband and South African wife winemaking team, and it's clearly a name to watch, as testified by the Syrah also reviewed this month. This is a single vineyard Clairette, 50% of which was skin-fermented (they also make a fully skin-fermented version) and it's crisp and vibrant with a tangy grapefruit bite to the mid-palate and a gentle grip to the texture. Clairette isn't exactly a grape known for personality but all its plus points have been honed into something delicious here.”