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Craven Wines Pinot Gris
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17¼/20

Craven Wines Pinot Gris 2019

Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, South AfricaLove this characterful wine. Pouring a lovely peachy red hue, this skin contact Pinot Gris was fermented like a red. It's rare enough to find PG in SAF, and unheard of to find one as memorable as this. After destemming, this had 6-7 days skin contact (until it goes dry) before being pressed and racked into older French barrels where it remained for 9 months. From Newlands Vineyard and its heavy iron-rich koffeklip soils, this textural wine opens with beauty roiboos and bergamot, woven with flakes of sea salts. Tight with texture and grip, the tension ever alternates from the citrus centric fruits to the mineral salts. Vines are 15 years old, facing east, and have responded incredibly well to the Cravens holistic viticulture. Smashable.Tasted: 14 July 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: AB 35.00 Producer: Craven WinesDistributors: Juice Imports
Grape: Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio