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Raats Family Wines - Original Chenin Blanc 2019

White wine from Stellenbosch · South Africa
Price: £12.95
Case Rate: £12.95
Ex Tax: £8.63
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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89 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

The wine has a distinctive yellow apple and pineapple core, alongside notes of green melon and limes. The wine is bursting with fresh fruit flavours ending with zesty citrus flavours, and has a long mineral finish. A very clean and satisfying hand-picked Chenin Blanc that's a versatile wine for food pairing.

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.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016) - 89 pts

April 2017 - Neal Martin - The 2016 Chenin Blanc Original comes from vines planted on granite and sandstone soils, and is fermented and aged in stainless steel. It has a fresh red apple and quince jelly bouquet that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a slightly waxy entry, notes of nectarine and a hint of star fruit, a pleasant salinity with a crisp, dry, mouth-cleansing finish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2016) - 90 pts

May 2017 - Vouvray-like scents of apple, honeysuckle and lanolin. Densely packed Chenin Blanc with a touch of sweetness easily handled by good acidity and a solid underlying spine. Finishes tactile, salty and dry, with a touch of phenolics contributing to the impression of grip. Lightly smoky throughout. This wine offers good weight and palate presence for its low alcohol. -- Stephen Tanzer (2012) - 16.5 pts

Tasted June 2013 - 100% Chenin Blanc. Floral, broad, honeyed nose. Very juicy and absolutely brilliant as a textbook example of the variety. Clean but not lacking in character.

Wine Spectator (2017) - 89 pts

Plump and friendly, with a mix of yellow apple, white ginger and chamomile notes backed by a juicy, unadorned finish. Drink now through 2019.

Wine Enthusiast (2016) - 88 pts

Clean and bright, this opens with light aromas of fresh green apple, underripe pear and melon rind. The lightweight palate is fresh and racy, with a friendly and enjoyable mouthwatering finish. Drink now–2018.

Platter's South African Wine Guide (2014) - 4 stars

Like bouncy 2013, unwooded 2014 cut above your everyday tipple. Sophisticated melange quince, naartjie, pear & green peaches; steely mineral persistence.

Tim Atkin (2017) - 90 pts

Since its first vintage in 2001, this good value unwooded Chenin has done a tremendous amount to promote the variety around the globe. Entirely unwooded, it’s a very pure expression of the grape, with fennel and stone fruit flavours and plenty of underlying acidity. 2019-23

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Vinification notes

Grapes grown from the two soil types are fermented separately - the decomposed granite brings a lime and mineral character, while the sandstone more tropical fruit and structure, to the wine. The juice was cold settled for 2 to 3 days, then cold fermented (14