The grapes to produce the Chenin Blanc Original Unwooded Raats are grown from the two soil types are fermented separately, the decomposed granite bringing a lime and mineral character, while the sandstone more topical fruit and structure. The juice was cold settled for 2 to 3 days, then cold fermented (14º – 16ºC) in stainless steel tanks and aged on the lees for 6 months before bottling. No wood ageing.
Produced from vineyards with an average age of 35 years. Vines are grown in both decomposed granite and Table Mountain sandstone soils. Combination of trellised and bush vines, irrigated as well as dry land. Yield approximately 7 – 8 tons per hectare.
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.