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Date Printed: 7/26/2014
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2005
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2005
(search item no. 87215)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $15.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The reason why we call this wine Original Chenin is because often the natural fruit flavors in wine are dominated by overoaking. Therefore we returned to the ORIGINAL fruit flavors of the Chenin grape, and you will find uninhibited pineapple, golden delicious apple and citrus flavors in this wine. We especially recommend this wine to compliment spicy dishes, and sushi with wasabi.
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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.