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Raats Family Wines

Family Cabernet Franc 2020

Most Recent Accolades:
2021 – 95 Points Tim Atkin MW
2020 – 94 Points Tim Atkin MW
2020 – 93 Points Neal Martin MW Vineous

Nestled within the verdant expanse of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Raats Family Wines presents the Family Cabernet Franc 2020, a varietal that encapsulates the essence and complexity of its origins. Revered for its sophisticated expression and dedication to quality, this Cabernet Franc is a reflection of the winery's commitment to crafting wines of distinction.

Regular price R 800.00

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Wine Information

Aging potential: This wine is poised for greatness, drinking exceptionally well now with the potential to flourish and deepen in complexity over the next decade and beyond.

Blend information: A pure expression of 100% Cabernet Franc, showcasing the varietal’s full potential.

Food suggestions: The wine's robust character pairs splendidly with rosemary-rubbed grilled lamb chops or leg of lamb, tarragon chicken, duck breasts accompanied by cassis and raspberries, venison with blackberry sauce, and for a touch of sweetness, a flourless chocolate cake.

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).

Tasting

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.

Tasting Notes

The Family Cabernet Franc 2020 invites an olfactory journey with its enchanting perfume, revealing layers of Cape fynbos, rosemary, lavender, and thyme, seamlessly intertwined with the warm spice of nutmeg, cloves, and star anise.

Handling Of Wine

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Ageing Potential

Wine will drink even better in time and can mature more than 10 years if cellared correctly.

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Blend Information

100% Cabernet Franc.

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Food Suggestions

Rosemary rubbed grilled lamb chops or leg of lamb / tarragon chicken / duck breasts.

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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