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Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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."
International Wine Cellar
"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...Read More About Raats
A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on
the quality aspect.
At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the
biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...Read More About South Africa
Model of Versatility
The best representation of the Chenin Blanc grape can be found in the
Valley of France - more specifically, the regions of Vouvray, Savennieres,
Anjou and Samur. The versatility of the grape allows it to produce wines both
dry and sweet, still and sparkling - and you can find all examples in the...Read More About Chenin Blanc
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