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Raats Family Wines - Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2018

White wine from Stellenbosch · South Africa
Price: £18.95
Case Rate: £17.99
Ex Tax: £15.79
Wine Region: Stellenbosch
Winery: Raats Family Wines
Wine Maker: Bruwer Raats
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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92 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Wine Region: Stellenbosch
Winery: Raats Family Wines
Wine Maker: Bruwer Raats
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

This wine epitomises the understated elegance of Chenin Blanc. It's restrained, yet complex, nose offers quince, ripe pear, orange blossoms, nettles and spice. On the palate the wine shows pineapple and lemongrass and the cloves, nutmeg and ginger of the nose follow through against a backdrop of vibrant acidity, ending with a long spicy, limey note. The wine

Winery information

Raats Family Wines

Raats Family Wines is a boutique winery situated in the Polkadraai Hills area of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The Estate was established in the year 2000 and is considered a specialist in crafting world class and truly distinct wines from Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc from older vineyards. It is their mission to consistently produce Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc of outstanding quality from South Africa and to establish these wines as international benchmarks.

Raats Family Wines have already earned a stellar reputation internationally as a New World leader in the production of these varietals and regularly receive positive write-ups by esteemed wine reviewers such as Olly Smith, Matthew Jukes, Tim Atkins, James Molesworth, Neil Martin and Jancis Robinson in definitive publications such as Decanter, Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, The Observer, Daily Mail and New York Times. Proprietor and award-winning winemaker Bruwer Raats has received international and local acclaim during his highly acclaimed career as cellar master and viticulturist par excellence.

Food matching

Pairs well with a variety of foods, but we recommend tempura prawns, a pear/walnut/rocket salad, roasted red pepper soup, spicy chicken wings and grilled halloumi cheese.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015) - 92 pts

April 2017 - Neal Martin - The 2015 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, which debuted back in 2000, offers scents of white flowers and a touch of brioche on the nose. It is subtle at first but soon finds its voice. The palate has a slight oiliness on the entry, touches of orange rind and ginger with touches of fresh pear on the crisp, minerally finish. This is very fine and drinkable over the next 12-15 years.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014) - 90 pts

Deep medium yellow. Ripe, deeply pitched scents of stone fruits, honey and earth suggest some botrytis influence. Very broad and bone-dry, even austere, with its considerable stuffing thus far dominated by strong acidity. A bit smoky and savory in an Old World style. -- Stephen Tanzer (2016) - 17+ pts

Vines from three blocks, all over 40 years of age. Far from simple. Nose recalls of tobacco leaves! Very juicy, fluid and appetising. Bone dry and sophisticated. GV

Wine Spectator (2016) - 88 pts

Bright pear and green almond notes streak through, with a light heather echo through the fresh finish.

James Suckling (2015) - 90 pts

Notes of honeysuckle and tangerine. Medium body with vibrant acidity and richness. Citrus on the palate with flowers. Medium length. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2015) - 90 pts

Attractive, toasty scents of matchstick, grilled apple and peach pit lead the bouquet of this rich yet balanced white. A honeycomb accent weaves throughout the nose and mouth, alongside flavors of yellow peach, melon and apple. The creamy palate is refreshed by ample acidity, while the finish boasts seductive notes of baking spice

Platter's South African Wine Guide (2013) - 4.5 stars

Slow-starting 2013 opens up with glorious flavours of yellow fruit, creamy notes, crunchy apples, flowers & just a hint of spice. Endless finish changes & evolves, cleaned up by lick of fresh acid in tail. 3 different Stellenbosch blocks, average age 45. Only 30% oaked, French, none new.

Tim Atkin (2016) - 93 pts

Bruwer Raats uses a combination of wood and stainless steel components on this old vine Chenin, made with grapes from sandstone and granite soils. It’s a modern, taut, focused style with subtle nutmeg spice and a long, appley finish. 2017-23

Vinification notes

50% of the wine was fermented and matured in 300 litre French oak barrels to accentuate the soft, luscious flavours; 50% fermented in stainless steel to contribute a crisp acidity and bright citrus flavours. After 9 months, the two components are blended together and left on the lees for a further 2 months before bottling. Fermentation temperature: 18-22