Raats Chenin Blanc 2008

Chenin Blanc from South Africa

$22.99 $18.97
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Item No. 100028
  • white wine
  • ST90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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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.

Critical Acclaim

"Medium yellow. Ripe, musky aromas of honey, wildflowers, butterscotch candy and ginger. Then surprisingly dry and youthful on the silky palate, with a rather laid-back texture and excellent depth. Finishes tactile and long, with intriguing stone fruit flavors. This would still benefit from a year or so of additional aging. Three-quarters of this wine (the portion from granite soil) was done entirely in stainless steel, while the 25% from sandstone soil was fermented and aged in 300-liter French oak, 20% of which was new. 90(+?) points.
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90 Points

Learn About Raats Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About South Africa

South Africa 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...

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Learn About Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc (SHEN-uhn Blahnk) Model of Versatility The best representation of the Chenin Blanc grape can be found in the Loire 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...

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