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Raats Family Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2017
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert
Main Variety : Chenin Blanc
Alcohol : 13.5 %vol
pH : 3.42
RS : 2.1 g/l
Total Acid : 5.7 g/l
Volatile Acidity : 0.57 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : White
Style : Dry
Taste : Fruity


Accolades
*2017 – not rated yet
*2016 – scored 17+ by Jancis Robinson (Nov 2017)
*2016 – rated 5 star John Platter (2018)
*2016 – scored 93 points by Tim Atkin (Sep 2017)
*2015 – rated 4 ½ stars John Platter (2017)
*2015 – scored 92 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (May 2017)
*2014 – scored 93 points from Tim Atkin (Aug 2016)
*2014 - scored 92 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (Dec 2015)
*2014 - 4½ Stars John Platter 2016
Tasting Notes
The wine offers a complex nose showing quince, white peach, yellow apple, acacia, nettles, white pepper and fenugreek spices and an intense minerality. The stone fruit character follows through onto an exceptionally balanced, very delicate, fine textured limey palate showing a peach-melba character with an exquisite roundness and freshness. The wine lingers with hints of ripe nectarine and apricot, zesty lemon and wet chalk.
Ageing Potential

5 - 8 years

Blend Information
100% Chenin Blanc
Food Suggestions
Enjoy with rich creamy mussels, smoked salmon, white fish with a beurre blanc sauce, butternut squash soup, mild Indian curries and Tandoori chicken, Wiener schnitzel and the Christmas Turkey.
In The Vineyard
Soil specific grapes vineyards being both vertical hedge as well as bush vines. Grapes are sourced from three vineyards in Stellenbosch. Average age of the vineyard is 40 years and older. Soil from natural combination of Decomposed Dolomite Granite and Table Mountain Sandstone.
About The Harvest

Yield: 6 - 8 ton/ha
Balling: 22° - 24.5º Balling

In The Cellar
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°C.

Other Vintages
Raats Family Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2017 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Chenin Blanc
Raats Family Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2016 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Chenin Blanc
Raats Family Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2015 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Chenin Blanc
Raats Family Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2014 - SOLD OUT Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Chenin Blanc
Raats Family Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2013 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Chenin Blanc
Raats Family Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2012 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Chenin Blanc
Raats Family Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2011 Bruwer Raats Chenin Blanc

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P.O. Box 2068, Stellenbosch, 7601, South Africa
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