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Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2018

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This superb bottling from Chenin master Bruwer Raats sets the standard for South African Chenin Blanc. Rich and intense, this brilliant wine strikes a perfect balance between elegance and power. It exhibits luscious flavors of honeyed pear, fig and citrus, with concentrated, mouthwatering minerality. Appealing hints of ginger and spice carry through on the lengthy finish.

Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc

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The 2018 Chenin Blanc Old Vine saw half the wine fermented and matured in 300- and 500-liter French oak barrels and half in stainless steel for 11 months. It has a clean, crisp bouquet displaying quite a prominent stoniness that lends a sense of reserve. The palate is well balanced with good weight and intensity on the entry, and lightly honeyed with a touch of spice toward the sappy finish.
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
As I put my nose in the glass of the 2018 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, I was instantly struck by its focus and precision. A beautiful floral bouquet followed by rich apple and zesty citrus bursts from the glass. On the palate, the wine has a soft minerality with a slightly underripe pineapple note, juicy yellow apples and Meyer lemons, ending with crisp acidity. There is a soft phenolic grip that is evident on the finish. The wine rested for 11 months, half in stainless steel and the other half French oak barrels, that later filled 12,709 bottles.
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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.

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South Africa’s most famous wine-producing district, Stellenbosch, surrounds the historic town with the same name; fine winemaking here dates back to the late 1600s. Its valleys of granite, sandstone and alluvial loam soils between the towering blue-grey mountains of Stellenbosch, Simonsberg and Helderberg have the capacity to produce beautiful wines from many varieties. The climate is warm Mediterranean, tempered by the cool Atlantic air of nearby False Bay.

Perhaps most well-known for its Pinotage and Bordeaux blends, Stellenbosch also produces noteworthy wines from Syrah, Chenin blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. The district’s wards—Banghoek, Bottelary, Devon Valley, Jonkershoek Valley, Papegaaiberg, Polkadraai Hills and Simonsberg-Stellenbosch—all produce distinctive wines from vines with relatively low yields.

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Unquestionably one of the most diverse grape varieties, Chenin Blanc can do it all. It shines in every style from bone dry to unctuously sweet, oaked or unoaked, still or sparkling and even as the base for fortified wines and spirits. Perhaps Chenin Blanc’s greatest asset is its ever-present acidity, maintained even under warm growing conditions. Somm Secret—Landing in South Africa in the mid 1800s, today the country has double the acreage of Chenin Blanc planted compared to France. There is also a new wave of dedicated producers committed to restoring old Chenin vines.

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