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Raats Family Wines

Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2022

Most Recent Accolades:
2021 – 91 Points Tim Atkin MW
2020 – 91 Points Neal Martin MW Vineous
2020 – 91 Points Tim Atkin MW

Crafted amidst the rolling vineyards of Stellenbosch, South Africa, the Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2021 by Raats Family Wines stands as a testament to the region's rich winemaking heritage. Born from a dedication to excellence and a passion for the craft, this wine embodies the essence of its terroir, offering a glimpse into the heart and soul of Stellenbosch's winemaking tradition.

Regular price R 225.00

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Wine Information

Aging potential: Indulge in the Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2021 now for its exceptional drinkability, or allow it to evolve gracefully with cellaring for another 2 – 5 years.

Blend information: Crafted from 95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec, this blend showcases the expressive character of these noble grape varieties.

Food suggestions: Pair this exquisite red with culinary delights such as pork loin with plum and Armagnac sauce, game bird with red wine sauce, or hearty dishes featuring Springbok, Ostrich, Kudu, Karoo lamb, or hard cheeses.

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. The wine was matured using only neutral oak barrels.

Tasting

The nose shows dark and red 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.

Tasting Notes

From the enticing aroma of dark and red cherry on the nose to the lingering notes of dark berries, spiciness, and herbs on the palate, this wine captivates with its complexity and depth. A hint of wet-stone minerality adds an intriguing dimension, culminating in a velvet-soft finish that leaves a lasting impression.

Handling Of Wine

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Ageing Potential

2-5 years (drinks exceptionally well now)

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Blend Information

100% Cabernet Franc

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Food Suggestions

Pork Loin with plum and Armagnac sauce / Game

Raats Family Wines

Established in 2000 and located in the Polkadraai Hills of the striking Stellenbosch winelands, the Raats Family winery was originally a partnership between brothers Bruwer and Jasper Raats (who stepped away from the business after some time).

Bruwer and Jasper’s father, Jasper Senior, acted as viticulturist during the foundational stages of the winery, but sadly passed away in 2009, leaving Bruwer Raats to continue on the family legacy.

POLKADRAAI HILLS

Raats Family Wines was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of Polkadraai Hills as an official ward within Stellenbosch in 2007.  With its unique decomposed dolomite granite soils, proximity to the ocean and south facing slopes it allows for great depth of quality terroir, making itself known as producing some of the most exciting wines in the country. 

“What I was after was purity, freshness and lower alcohol levels.  This is precisely what the decomposed dolomite soils of Polkadraai Hills provides. Refined elegance and sophistication.  Classical winemaking at its best.” Bruwer Raats

Family Owned

Family-owned winery, crafting quality wines, nurtured from vineyard to cellar.

THE SUCCESS OF SPECIALISING

Rising gracefully from the vineyards in Polkadraai Hills Stellenbosch, Raats Family Wines stand in celebration of the unique dolomite granite soil of this tiny ward.

Founded in 2000 by visionary winemaker Bruwer Raats, in partnership with his cousin Gavin Bruwer Slabbert, Raats Family Wines specialize in Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc and has been crafting soil-driven wines of exceptional quality ever since.

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