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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.
"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. "
International Wine Cellar
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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