Raats, Eden High Density Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2019 Bottle size: 750mlSouth Africa, Stellenbosch
'Beautifully wrought chenin from tiny (0.6 ha) Polkadraai Hills parcel, 2019 scales the heights again. Sleek & nuanced, with tropical & citrus fruit, hazelnut highlights. Bunch pressed into barrel (65% new); natural yeasts, year maturation.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (96/100)
'Bruwer Raats doesn’t have to walk very far to check up on the 0.6 hectares of the highdensity Eden block, as it's located just behind his house. Located on granite soils, it's one of the best Chenin Blanc sites in Stellenbosch. The resulting wine is taut and stony, with remarkable intensity, scented wood, pear and lemon fruit and impressive tension. Drink 2023-29.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100
'Peach, yellow apple, oatmeal, a little waxy character plus hints of ginger and baking spice. The palate is relatively rich and broad with nicely integrated, seemingly quite moderate acidity – full of flavour with a gently savoury finish. Total production: 2 390 bottles.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100
'The wine’s inviting nose displays lime, green apple, with white peach and pineapple. Here subtle spices of ginger, angelica and white pepper are entwined with florals of peach blossom and honeysuckle. The palate shows further fruit depth with quince, kumquat, mandarin orange and pear, against a backdrop of steely minerals. Hints of roasted hazelnuts and almonds add to the complexity of the palate. The wine is exceptionally linear and fresh with a fine texture and finishes with notes of fennel and the ginger spiciness promised by the nose.' – Winemaker
Alc: 13% | RS: 3.3 g/L | TA: 5.4 g/L | PH: 3.43
About Raats Family Wines:
Bruwer Raats founded Raats Family Wines in 2000, and since then has narrowed his focus on Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, with only one blend, The Jasper Red blend. He believed that specialising would lead to success, and this belief was not unfounded, as today, Raats Family Wines is regarded as a leader of South African Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Raats has received consistent local and international accolades and was named Winery of the Year for the 2018 Platter’s Guide with 5 out of 6 wines achieving five-star ratings. As Neal Martin says, 'Cabernet Franc does not get better than at Raats'.
|Technical analysis||RS: 3.3 g/L | TA: 5.4 g/L | PH: 3.43|
|Blend information||100% Chenin Blanc|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Bruwer Raats founded Raats Family Wines in 2000, and since then has narrowed his focus on Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, with only one blend, The Jasper Red blend. He believed that specialising would lead to success, and this belief was not unfounded, as today, Raats Family Wines is regarded as a leader of South African Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Raats has received consistent local and international accolades and was named Winery of the Year for the 2018 Platter's Guide with 5 out of 6 wines achieving five-star ratings. As Neal Martin says, 'Cabernet Franc does not get better than at Raats'.|
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JS: James Suckling | JR: JancisRobinson.com | JD: Jeb Dunnuck | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator