Bruwer Raats from Raats Family Wines, is a good giant man and his reputation is starting to match his stature. His mastery of chenin blanc and cabernet franc is bringing him praise from around the world as Stellenbosch’s “most exciting and forward-thinking winemaker”. As part of the new wave of South African winemakers, Bruwer produces soil-specific wines that embody the unique characteristics of the region. With manual harvesting, pressing of the whole bunch and the use of natural fermentation without clarification or filtering it helps him to create world-class wines. From 25-year-old sapling and pergola vines grown both on decomposed granite soils and on the arenaceous soils of Table Mountain. The vines are not irrigated and produce about 7 quintals per hectare.
Exceptionally intense and complex on the nose with blackberry, black cherry and bramble in abundance and subtle hints of forest floor, dark chocolate, aniseed and spicy tobacco. The walk in the Black Forest continues with blue and blackberry dancing on a tight rope with focus and concentration, following through onto a perfectly balanced, fine-grained, velvety palate. The finish lingers with hints of fresh mint, cinnamon and perfume. Complex and structured.