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Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2016
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert
Main Variety : Chenin Blanc
Alcohol : 13.5 %vol
pH : 3.4
RS : 2.8 g/l
Total Acid : 6.0 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : White
Style : Dry


Accolades
  • 2016 - scored 91 points by Wine Spectator (November 2016).
  • 2015 - scored 91 points by Decanter UK (November 2016).
  • 2015 - 4 stars John Platter 2017
  • 2015 - scored 92 points by Tim Atkin - 2016 South Africa Special Report (September 2016). 
  • 2015 - scored 90 points by Wine Spectator (November 2016).
  • 2015 - scored 90 points by the Wine Enthusiast (March 2017).
  • 2014 - scored 88 points by Wine Spectator (April 2016).
  • 2014 - scored 92 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (December 2015)
  • 2014 - scored 90 points by Tim Atkin (2015).
  • 2014 - SAWI Grand Gold Award (2015)
  • 2014 - scored 89 points by Stephen Tanzer (June 2015)
  • 2014 - scored 91-93 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (October 2014).
  • 2013 - scored 93 points by Tim Atkin (2015)
  • 2013 - 4 stars John Platter 2015. 
  • 2013 - scored 91 points by Tim Atkin (July 2014).
  • 2013 - 4 stars John Platter 2014.
  • 2013 - TOP100 SA wines 2014.
Tasting Notes

The wine has a distinctive yellow apple and pineapple core, alongside notes of green melon and limes. The wine is thus bursting with fresh fruit flavours. The wine ends with zesty citrus flavours, and has a long mineral finish. The Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2016 is a classic example of a Chenin Blanc made from older vines, grown in very specific soil types. Now in its 16th year of production, the consistency in quality is unquestionable.

Ageing Potential

2 - 4 years (drinks exceptionally well now)

Blend Information
100% Chenin Blanc
Food Suggestions

An easy-to-pair wine since it has a wide flavour profile, but we especially recommend it with curry or similar spicy dishes as well as sushi and oysters.

In The Vineyard

Produced from vineyards with an average age of 35 years. Vines are grown in both decomposed granite and Table Mountain sandstone soils. Combination of trellised and bush vines, irrigated as well as dry land. Yield approximately 7 – 8 tons per hectare.

About The Harvest

Grapes are picked in three sessions from mid-January to mid-February to enhance flavour diversity.
Grape Sugar : 22° - 24.5° Balling
Acidity : 7g/l
pH at Harvest : 3.3
Yield: 7 - 8 ton/ha

In The Cellar

Grapes grown from the two soil types are fermented separately, the decomposed granite bringing a lime and mineral character, while the sandstone more topical fruit and structure. The juice was cold settled for 2 to 3 days, then cold fermented (14º - 16ºC) in stainless steel tanks and aged on the lees for 6 months before bottling. No wood ageing.


Other Vintages
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2016 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2015 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2015 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2014 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2013 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2012 Bruwer Raats Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2011 Bruwer Raats Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2010 Bruwer Raats Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2009 Bruwer Raats Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2008 Bruwer Raats Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2005 Bruwer Raats Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2004 Bruwer Raats Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2003 Bruwer Raats Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2002 Bruwer and Jasper Raats Chenin Blanc
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2001 Bruwer and Jasper Raats Chenin Blanc

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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