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Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2015
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Bruwer Raats & Gavin Bruwer Slabbert
Main Variety : Cabernet Franc
Alcohol : 14.0 %vol
pH : 3.37
RS : 3.1 g/l
Total Acid : 6.2 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : Red
Style : Dry


Accolades
  • 2015 - scored 90 points in the Wine Spectator Review (April 2018).
  • 2015 - scored 90 points by Christian Eedes from Winemag - Alternative Varieties Report (Feb. 2018).
  • 2015 - scored 93 points by Wine Enthusiast (April 2018).
  • 2015 - 5 Star John Platter (2018).
  • 2015 - scored 93 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (Sep 2017).
  • 2015 - scored 94 points by Christian Eedes from Winemag (Sep 2017).
  • 2014 - scored 93 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (May 2017).
  • 2014 - scored 94 points in Winemag by Christian Eedes (Nov 2016).
  • 2014 - Rated 4½ stars John Platter (2016).
  • 2013 - scored 93 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (Dec 2015).
  • 2014 - Grand Cru 1st Place winner at the TOP 100 SA Wine Challenge (2017).
  • 2014 - Double Platinum winner at the TOP100 SA Wine Challenge (2017).
  • 2014 - TOP100 SA Wines (2017).
  • 2014 - 4½ stars John Platter 2017
  • 2014 - scored 94 points by Christian Eedes from Winemag (Nov 2016).
  • 2013 - scored 93 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (Dec 2015) .
  • 2013 - Rated 4½ stars John Platter (2016).
  • 2012 - scored 4½ stars by Perswijn Magazine 16/7 (November 2016).
  • 2012 - scored 94 points by Tim Atkin (2015) 
  • 2012 - scored 92 points by Stephen Tanzer (June 2015) .
  • 2012 - TOP100 SA wines in (2015).
  • 2012 - scored 91 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (Oct 2014) .
  • 2012 - scored 95 points by Christian Eedes from Winemag ( Oct 2014) .
  • 2011 - scored 93 point by Tim Atkins (July 2014) .
  • 2011 - Rated 5 stars in John Platter (2014).
Tasting Notes
The nose entices with its perfume and a garrigue character of Cape fynbos, rosemary, lavender and thyme with spicy notes of nutmeg, cloves and star anise. Intense brooding blackberry fruit, graphite and a streak of minerality add to the complexity of the nose. The palate is dominated by blueberry, mulberry, brambles, dark cherries, liquorice and the aniseed and other spices following through from the nose. The palate is complex and textured with fine grained silky tannins balancing the dark berry fruit. Blue- and blackberries dominate the smooth finish with hints of dark chocolate.
Ageing Potential
7 to 10 years
Blend Information
100% Cabernet Franc
Food Suggestions
Rosemary rubbed grilled lamb chops or leg of lamb, tarragon chicken, duck breasts with cassis and raspberries, venison with blackberry sauce, flourless chocolate cake.
In The Vineyard
Soil Type: 100% Decomposed Dolomite Granite.
Age of vines: 18 - 25 years.
Trellised vines and no irrigation.

All from Stellenbosch and grown only on decomposed dolomite granite, which gives a great acidity and freshness to the wine and adds minerality to the finish.
About The Harvest
Picking Date: Individual vineyard blocks each hand-picked at perfect ripeness the last week in February till the first week in March.

Grape Sugar: 24° - 25° Balling
Acidity: 6.0 g/l
pH at Harvest: 3.45
Yield: 6 - 7t/ha
In The Cellar
Grapes were hand sorted three times, crushed and left to cold soak on the skins for five days. After fermentation the grapes are basket pressed and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and then aged for 18 months before bottling.

Fermentation Temperature: 28°C

Wood Ageing
18 months in French Vicard and Mercury oak barrels (25% new, 25% second, 25% third fill and 25% fourth fill).

Other Vintages
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2015 Bruwer Raats & Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2014 Bruwer Raats & Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2013 Bruwer Raats & Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2012 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2011 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2010 Bruwer Raats Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2009 Bruwer Raats Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2008 Bruwer Raats Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2007 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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