The grapes to produce the Chenin Blanc Eden High Density 2016 Raats were whole bunch pressed and no settling took place. It went straight to barrel for a natural fermentation. The wine was kept on its lees for 11 months in 300L tight grained French oak.
Decomposed Granite soils planted at 8000 vines per hectare planted around 8 years ago and trained in an individually staked trellis system at 8000 vines per hectare. Grapes were hand harvest during the second week of February. All grapes are from the Raats Eden High Density single vineyard block in Polkadraai, Stellenbosch.
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.