50% of the Chenin Blanc Old Vine Raats was fermented and matured in 300 litre French oak barrels to accentuate the soft, luscious flavours; 50% fermented in stainless steel to contribute a crisp acidity and bright citrus flavours. After 9 months, the two components are blended together and left on the lees for a further 2 months before bottling. Fermentation temperature: 18-22°C.
Soil specific wine from both vertical hedge and bush vines. From three specific vineyards in Stellenbosch. Average age of 45 years or older. Soil from natural combination of decomposed Dolomite granite and Table Mountain sandstone.
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.