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Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2014

Chenin Blanc
  • RP92
750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Original Chenin is crafted without the use of any oak in order to preserve the wine's "original," vibrant fresh fruit character. Luscious notes of golden delicious apple, juicy melon and lime are abundant on the palate, combining with traces of ginger, honeysuckle and orange blossom, all backed by a bright, tangy minerality.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I actually tasted the 2014 Original Chenin Blanc last year as a tank sample and erroneoulsy put it down as "Old Vine" Chenin Blanc. Still, it has a delightful nose with a very pure lemon curd and nectarine-scented bouquet with just a touch of beewax. The palate is very well balanced with punchy, bitter lemon notes on the entry that keeps you on your toes, backed up with some deep leesy citrus fruit and a well defined, quite tensile finish with salted nuts on the aftertaste. Just a superb expression of the grape variety.
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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 the clan firmly believes that South Africa's proliferation of older Chenin Blanc vineyards provides a unique opportunity to craft terroir-driven wines that serve as international benchmarks for the varietal. Raats owns several hectares of estate vineyards in the Polkadraai Hills. In addition, they source Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc from several extremely low-yielding old vines parcels where Bruwer maintains complete control of viticulture. These sites are characterized by complex soils of sandstone and decomposed granite.

For Bruwer, the greatest part of crafting wines under your own label is that "you don't have to worry about shareholders or catering to a market, or to keeping within a cellar's style. You can have freedom of expression in something that you believe in." The Raats family continues to win over hordes of thirsty consumers worldwide with their passionate belief in the classic, versatile and decidedly stylish varietals of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.

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