This sublime bottling from Chenin master Bruwer Raats sets the standard for South African Chenin
Blanc. The grapes are sourced from three distinct old vines parcels in Stellenbosch, all characterized by complex soils of Table Mountain sandstone and decomposed granite. Rich and intense, this profound wine strikes a perfect balance between elegance and power. It offers luscious flavors of honeyed pear, butterscotch, citrus, and ginger, with hints of mineral and spice that carry through on the lengthy finish.
Bright full yellow with a green tinge. Musky aromas of honey, smoke and nutty oak are at once rich and vibrant. Silky on entry, then glyceral and honeyed in the middle, with a touch of sweetness counterpointed by very good mineral energy (from the granite soil?). This wonderfully round and seamless chenin blanc should go savory and truffley with several years of additional bottle aging. Made from vines in excess of 50 years of age, and it shows in the wine's depth.
A ripe, friendly style, with a light toasty almond edge to the peach, fig and pear fruit flavors. The rounded finish is pure and lengthy.
Raats Family Wines, founded in 2001 by brothers Bruwer and Jasper Raats, is focused solely on crafting world class Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, best known as the premier grapes of France's Loire Valley. The small, family-owned winery has quickly established itself as a New World leader in the production of these two varietals, garnering tremendous critical acclaim – including consistent 90+ ratings – and a dedicated fan base.
Raats is truly a family operation, and... View More