Pinot Gris isn't exactly an abundant grape planted in Stellenbosch, but it is something the folks at Craven have a lot of fun working with. Although a lot of the wine drinking world think and assume it is a 'white grape', it is in fact a lovely coppery/dark rose skinned grape.
With this being the case, Craven won't waste that colour and delicious flavour trapped in the skins, so they ferment this wine like a red. In 2018 they destemmed the fruit in its entirety and fermented it in open top fermenters. The juice is lightly pumped over or punched down throughout fermentation. The fermentation on skins gives the wine a beautiful rose coloured hue.
Due to severe drought conditions in 2018, the skins were quite tannic. So the juice was left on skins for only 6 days this year to keep the tannins in check.
The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, with nothing added during the winemaking process apart from a dash of sulphur.
Origin: Stellenbosch / Western Cape / South Africa
Grapes: Pinot Gris