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Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2014
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert
Main Variety : Cabernet Franc
Alcohol : 13.5 %vol
pH : 3.51
RS : 2.5 g/l
Total Acid : 5.5 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry


Accolades
  • 2014 - 4 stars John Platter 2017.
  • 2014 - 4 stars by Perswijn Magazine 16/7 (November 2016).
  • 2014 - scored 90 points by Tim Atkin - 2016 South Africa Special Report (September 2016).
  • 2014 - Top 100 status/Double Platinum Awards (April 2016)
  • 2014 - scored 89 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (December 2015). 
  • 2013 - 4 stars John Platter 2016.
  • 2013 - scored 88 points from Wine Enthusiast (December 2015)
  • 2013 - scored 91 points by Tim Atkin (2015)
  • 2013 - scored 89 points by Stephen Tanzer (June 2015)
  • 2013 - rated 4 Stars, 2015 John Platter (November 2014).
  • 2013 - scored 89 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (October 2014).
  • 2012 - scored 89 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (October 2014)
  • 2012 - scored 92 points by Tim Atkins (July 2014).
  • 2012 - scored 89 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (October 2013).
  • 2012 - TOP100 SA Wine Award (2014).
Tasting Notes

The nose shows dark, sour cherry. Dark berries, spiciness and herbs linger on the palate. The wine has great purity of fruit with a hint of wet-stone minerality and a velvet soft finish.

Ageing Potential

2 - 5 years (drinks exceptionally well now)

Blend Information
95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec
Food Suggestions

Pork Loin with plum and Armagnac sauce | Game bird with red wine sauce | Springbok, Ostrich or Kudu | Karoo lamb | Hard cheeses

In The Vineyard

Soil Type: 100% Decomposed Dolomite Granite
Age of vines: 7 - 20 years
Trellis: vertical hedge
The grapes come from Stellenbosch and are grown only on decomposed dolomite granite soils. This lends itself to great acidity, freshness and an extended mineral finish.

About The Harvest

Individual vineyard blocks where hand-picked at perfect ripeness during the last week in February until the first week in March.

Yield: 6 - 8 t/ha
Grape Sugar: 23° - 24° Balling

In The Cellar

Grapes were hand sorted three times, crushed and left to cold soak on the skins for five days. After fermentation at a temperature of 28°C, the grapes were basket pressed and underwent malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

This wine was matured in 300 litre French Oak barrels for 14 months. No new oak or 2nd fill oak was used. The wine was matured using only equal parts of 3rd, 4th and 5th fill barrels.


Other Vintages
Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2014 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Cabernet Franc
Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2013 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Cabernet Franc
Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2012 Bruwer Raats Cabernet Franc
Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2011 Bruwer Raats Cabernet Franc
Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2010 Bruwer Raats Cabernet Franc

Tel: +27.218813078   Fax: +27.866478500   Email: braats@mweb.co.za  
P.O. Box 2068, Stellenbosch, 7601, South Africa
Vlaeberg Road, Polkadraai, Stellenbosch

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