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Raats Chenin Blanc Coastal Region Original Unwooded 2017

Editorial Review by Snooth Editorial:

Pear, green apple and melon aromas are nicely and expressively fruity. This has an initial earthy oak note and releases more fruit flavors of pear, golden berries and lime towards the finish where this turns slightly creamy and cool with a flash of apricot.

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Raats:
It is their mission to consistently produce Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc of outstanding quality from South Africa and to establish these wines as international benchmarks.   The Raats family lives for and dreams about these two varieties and passionately produces wines they believe are truly distinct from old vineyards in the Stellenbosch area east of Cape Town. They have earned a... Read more
It is their mission to consistently produce Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc of outstanding quality from South Africa and to establish these wines as international benchmarks.   The Raats family lives for and dreams about these two varieties and passionately produces wines they believe are truly distinct from old vineyards in the Stellenbosch area east of Cape Town. They have earned a reputation internationally as a New World leader in the production of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.    To sum up this wine in two words: world class. Ignore at your own risk.   "I hope that my praise of Bruwer Raats and Mzokhona Mvemve’s astounding MR de Compostella helps put this wine on the map,” Neal Martin of Wine Advocate said.   Raats Family Wines are specialists in the crafting of exceptional wines from Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. The MR de Compostella 2011 scored of 95 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Nov 2013)   Read less

Editorial Reviews for Raats Chenin Blanc Coastal Region Original Unwooded

Snooth User: Snooth Editorial
83464772,579
0.00 5
Vintage: 2016 06/29/2017

Pear, green apple and melon aromas are nicely and expressively fruity. This has an initial earthy oak note and releases more fruit flavors of pear, golden berries and lime towards the finish where this turns slightly creamy and cool with a flash of apricot.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/19/2010

This pumps out wonderfully sweet and typical Chenin notes of candle wax, sweet golden fruit, honey, honeycomb, crayon, smoke, and lanolin. Very linear in the mouth with excellent balance and good energy that pushes the pure, lightly mineral-laced flavors of honeycomb, apple, lime leaf and steely pomegranate seed tones across the palate. The finish is very crisp and shows bright acids with less flesh than one finds on the palate, but it's just enough to keep the acids covered. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/29/2010

Fairly deep and somewhat evolved showing dark honey tones, a bit of subtle wood, and a gamy, meaty edge to the dried quincy fruit with a definite cheesy edge here. On entry this is very finely focused with a leading knife-edge of acid leading to a coiled mid-palate of yellow and spicy fruit. There is nice flesh here with a touch of tannins and smoky, candle wax high tones in the mouth. This is really showing tightly with plenty of refreshing acid and a long finish with nice minerality and crisp sour apple tones. This would show well against chilled shellfish. 89pts


Member Reviews for Raats Chenin Blanc Coastal Region Original Unwooded

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 04/21/2011

a little burnt popcorn on the nose, interesting funk, a little floral, refreshing


Snooth User: Hana Choi
803609935
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 04/28/2011

The steeliness is begging for a pairing with oysters! Slight nutty, honey tones. I like the acidity here.

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,546
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 04/07/2010

Yeasty nose, with lemon and grass shavings. The mouth is mildly acidic and fills out with oak pretty well. The aromas remain on the aftertaste. Pretty well balanced, not exciting, but good.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,963
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/25/2010

Rustic mealy nose. Slight bitterness. Overall the flavor is slightly green with lemons, grass, and a slight honey creamy finish. A bit on the bitter end but should round out nicely in time.


Snooth User: gregnbaker
103443422
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 03/05/2009

Clean, fresh...a stunning example of SA CB. Fragrance of citrus, apple flavour. Tried as recommended with spicy dishes...works well.


3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 08/13/2010

Slightly funky apple aromas. A bit of toast there too. Flavors are emollient but still crisp, creamy and smooth. Lots of apple and pear flavors.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,574
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/12/2008

Medium acidity, very oily with some meatiness, typical of a Chenin Blanc. Less extreme than the traditional French Chenin's. Not bad. Its not my grape of choice (too funky), but this is toned down and more approachable.


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External Reviews for Raats Chenin Blanc Coastal Region Original Unwooded

External Review
Vintage: 2011 03/27/2010

Pale yellow with green flecks. Pineapple, peach and Golden Delicious apple flavours with crisp acidity and a lingering finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 10/04/2012

Crisp and refreshing, dry


External Review
Vintage: 2008 10/21/2010

Helles Gelb, sehr fruchtiges und frisches Bouquet mit zum Teil exotischen Fruchtaromen (Zitrus, Granny Smith, Ananas, Mango, Melone), Note von Tomatenblättern, im Gaumen gut strukturiert mit feiner, knackiger Säure und frischer Frucht (Zitrus), saftiges, langanhaltendes Finale


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Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2008 10/15/2009

Original Chenin celebrates wine at its most natural. Harvested separately from sandstone and granite soil in different pickings over the ripening period to enhance diversity of flavour, vinified separately according to their soil type. Crafted without oak to preserve all the "original" vibrant freshness. Exploding with succulent apple, pineapple, citrus and hints of ginger in the mouth, perfectly weighted with a crisp, mineral finish. This is Chenin Blanc to rival any other. An easy-to-pair wine since it has so has a wide flavour profile, but we especially recommend it with curry or similar spicy dishes as well as sushi and oysters


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/19/2011

A crisp, unadorned style, with honeysuckle, white peach and mineral notes. The fresh, light-bodied finish has nice persistence. Drink now.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2008 04/12/2011

Original Chenin celebrates wine at its most natural. Harvested separately from sandstone and granite soil in different pickings over the ripening period to enhance diversity of flavour, vinified separ


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/19/2011

On the soft side, with pretty peach, lime, anise and fig notes, and an easy finish. Not big, but it has nice length, with the flavors showing persistence on the finish. Drink now.


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