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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Raats Chenin Blanc 2009
Raats Chenin Blanc 2009
(search item no. 110815)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.
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About Raats:

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.