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Raat's Family Chenin Blanc Original 2008

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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

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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 Raat's Family Chenin Blanc Original

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,847
4.00 5
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


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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3.50 5
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
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3.00 5
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
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4.00 5
03/05/2009

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


External Reviews for Raat's Family Chenin Blanc Original

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Source: CityWineCellar.com
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
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
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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Source: CityWineCellar.com
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


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03/27/2010

Scored 89 from Wine Spectator February 2010 and is included in the '17 Most Impressive White Wines' from the Cape region of South Africa that deliver consistency, diversity and value. Decanter Magazine December 2009 - chosen as one of the top 25 wines from South Africa2010 John Platter - 4 StarsHarpers Wine & Spirit UK (June 2009) - Rated Top 5 Chenins from South AfricaThe benchmark for Chenin Blanc from South Africa, this is the 4th consecutive vintage to score over 90 points in the Wine Spectator magazine. Grapes are sourced from old vines from three vineyards in Stellenbosch, all characterised by their complex soils. Somehow both rich and intense yet elegant and delicate on the palate. Honeyed pear, butterscotch, citrus flavours complemented by a firm minerality and spicy edge. A profound wine that changes perspectives.


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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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