Raats Family Original Chenin Blanc

$19.00

1 in stock

Vintage: 2021
Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Viticulture: Sustainable and Dry-farmed
Grape varieties: 100% Chenin Blanc

Raats Family Original Chenin Blanc is bursting with fresh fruit flavors, displaying a yellow apple and pineapple core alongside green melon and limes.

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About Raats Family Original Chenin Blanc

Raats Family Original Chenin Blanc is crafted without any oak to preserve the wine’s “original,” vibrant fresh fruit character. Now in its 19th year of production, it boasts an unquestionable consistency in quality and style. Bursting with fresh fruit flavors, this vibrant wine displays a distinctive yellow apple and pineapple core alongside notes of green melon and limes. The wine reveals zesty citrus flavors and a long mineral finish.

About Raats Family Wines

Legendary winemaker, Bruwer Raats, has always focused exclusively on Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Today, 22 years after setting out on this path, he is recognized as a leader in both varieties in South Africa. His passion for terroir is evident. He 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’ wines are consistently praised in both press and reviews, receiving some of South Africa’s highest scores. In 2010 Bruwer’s cousin, Gavin Raats joined him, and the two have worked closely crafting the wines since.

Wine Spectator noted in a recent online feature, “South Africa’s Raats Family winery makes outstanding Chenin Blanc.” Proprietor and winemaker Bruwer Raats 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 and also sources Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc from several extremely low-yielding old vines parcels characterized by complex sandstone soils and decomposed granite. Bruwer maintains complete control of viticulture at these sites, located at an average of 820 feet above sea level in the prime Bottelary Hills, Simonsberg, and Blaauwklippen areas of Stellenbosch.

The Raats Family range consists of five wines. The crisp, unwooded “Original” Chenin Blanc, whose name reflects that there is no oak to mask its vibrant fresh fruit character, is packaged under a screwcap. The luscious, partially barrel fermented, and aged Chenin Blanc strikes a perfect balance between elegance and power, setting the standard for South African Chenin and rivaling the finest Loire Valley offerings. While Raats is best known for their sublime Chenins, Bruwer also crafts scant quantities of an exquisite Cabernet Franc that shows the heights this under-the-radar grape can achieve in the hands of a master! Bruwer also produces Red Jasper, which portrays the varietal in a silky, luscious Bordeaux blend, and Dolomite Cabernet Franc, a slightly lighter, less serious “little brother” to the flagship Cabernet Franc.

For Bruwer, the greatest part of crafting wines under your own label is that “you don’t have to worry about shareholders or to cater to a market, or to keep within a cellar’s style. You can have freedom of expression in something that you believe in.” With his passionate belief in the classic, versatile, and decidedly stylish varietals of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Raats continues to win over hordes of thirsty consumers worldwide!

 

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