Craven Wines Faure Syrah – try it this weekend
24 June 2016
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Jenny Crwys–Williams: So, fourth week in June and the weather really is brrr. Chatting to Angela Lloyd and we’re talking about a wine called Craven Wines Faure Syrah and it’s 2015 and it’s R200. Have I pronounced that correctly in the first place?
Angela Lloyd: Yes
JCW: Right, so Angela tell us about the wine that you’ve chosen as your last weekend wine in June.
AL: Well, Syrah is my favourite red variety but this is a very interesting partnership, Craven. Mick is Australian and Jeanine is South African. She was a Faure, so the Faure vineyard that this comes from is actually from her parent’s vineyard which is very close to False Bay. They actually met in California and they now live here. They’ve just had their first little baby, a little baby boy, so there’s a new winemaker on the way there.
It’s very interesting, I mean, Stellenbosch, you think of associated with big, hefty Cabernet’s and other big red wines. They’ve tried to show that Stellenbosch can also make elegant, more accessible, not so heavy wines and this is what I like about this.
It’s got a wonderful zest to it. Again, the alcohol is exceptionally low, 11.5%. Now I say that but you mustn’t think that this is a namby pamby wine, not a bit of it. It’s got bags of flavour, it’s got wonderful structure, wonderful fruit, spice, white spice, red fruits and it’s just generally very quaffable and it will also benefit with a bit of time but it’s very easy to enjoy this wine.
What it would pair well with
JCW: Would you drink it with, and I mean last week you were talking about the Fledge & Co Red Blend and you said this would go beautifully with game. My sense from what you’ve been talking about, this Craven Wines Faure Syrah would also go with game?
AL: It might do but perhaps nothing too strong. I think the other wine would go with a well-hung springbok, something like this. This should go with something that is more subtle and not quite so gamey.
JCW: What about roast guinea fowl?
AL: Yes, guinea fowl, or lamb. Again, I can see this going with lamb very nicely, yes. The fruit is so pronounced they actually do something interesting in that they put the whole bunches in to ferment. That brings out the, instead of destalking them and crushing them. Everything they put the whole bunches in which accentuates the fruit.
JCW: Oh, it sounds lovely. Is this a new wine?
AL: Yes, they’ve made it before. I think 2014 was the first vintage, but they’ve got another one too which is also very good. But I just, I don’t know, this had the edge for me.
JCW: Well it sounds lovely, Craven Wines Faure Syrah 2015, it sounds absolutely fantastic. Well, I suppose we’re looking forward to July but it would be difficult actually to get more imaginative wines than the ones Angela has chosen. So Angela Lloyd, thank you very much indeed.
Al: Thank you Jenny, been a pleasure.