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Raats Family Wines

Original Chenin Blanc 2023

Most Recent Accolades:
2022 – 89 Points Tim Atkin MW
2022 – 4.5 Star John Platter
2022 – 92 Points Winemag

Rooted in the rich soils of Stellenbosch, South Africa, the Original Chenin Blanc 2023 by Raats Family Wines embodies the essence of its origin. This Chenin Blanc, cultivated with meticulous care, reflects a symphony of tradition and innovation.

Regular price R 185.00

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Wine Information

Aging potential: Drinks exceptionally well now, with potential for cellaring over the next 2 – 4 years for further development of its complex profile.

Blend information: Crafted from 100% Chenin Blanc, showcasing the purity and expressive character of this versatile grape.

Food suggestions: Perfectly complements mild curry dishes, sushi, or oysters, making it a versatile choice for an array of culinary experiences.

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 tropical fruit and structure.

The juice was cold settled for 2 to 3 days, then cold fermented (14° - 16°C) in stainless steel tanks and aged on the lees for 6 months before bottling. No wood ageing.


The wine has a distinctive yellow apple, kiwi fruit and pineapple core, alongside notes of green melon and limes.

The wine is thus bursting with fresh fruit flavours. The wine has a zesty citrus flavour linger on the palate, with a long mineral finish.

Tasting Notes

The Original Chenin Blanc 2023 unfolds with a vibrant array of flavors, starting with a distinctive core of yellow apple, kiwi fruit, and pineapple. Accompanied by notes of green melon and limes, it bursts with fresh fruit flavors. On the palate, a zesty citrus flair lingers, concluding with a long, mineral finish.

Handling Of Wine

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Ageing Potential

Drinks exceptionally well now, will benefit from cellaring for another 3 – 5 years.

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Blend Information

100% Chenin Blanc.

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Food Suggestions

Mild curry dishes / sushi / oysters.

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.


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.


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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