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 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)
 

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  • The craft-made bandwagon in South Africa has plenty of room. The ... a ... a 6,000-bottle run of Mvemve Raats De Compostella, which costs between $80 and $90 per bottle.  “I’m sure I’m not alone in querying the relationship between rarity, price and quality, and arguably if the wines sell they must be ‘worth’ whatever is being asked for them,”... Read More

    From the article South African Craft Wine Movement More Talk Than Taste?


  • DM - Interesting story regarding the Pio Cesare.  I didn't ask our ... a small glass of this 2012 Raats Red Jasper blend, which was mostly Cabernet Franc.  It wasn't all that good but heck, we were spoiled from those Duckhorn wines.  However, after going over to Sandra's parents (Jean & Bob) house for the birthday / late Christmas celebration,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • The status of South African wine in the USA is lamentable. Even in New York ... – Andries Burger Raats Family – Bruwer Raats and Gavin Bruwer SlabbertSadie Family – Eben Sadie Not to categorically exclude, well, categories, I admit two merit special notice. The first is white blends. These are highly atypical blends that often include old vine... Read More

    From the article Innovation Sweeping South Africa: Get Thirsty!


  • Raats Red Jasper 2011

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    Wine review by mark


  • Raats Red Jasper 2011

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    55% Cabernet Franc, 28% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit VerdotAt first theres a note of creamy milk chocolate here on the nose but that is quickly replaced by rich tobacco, herb, and slightly weedy edged dark cherry fruit that is nicely framed with gentle cedar and creamy oak nuance. Lighter bodied and bright on entry with terrific acid... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • With harvest truly getting underway in northern California, up to now it's ... ... a decent value. The 2007 Raats Cabernet Franc ($80) may be a little pricy for what it is but it’s a damn fine bottle of wine, and a relative value on the list.  That’s what this list is all about, relative values. The two standout, no brainer, no doubt selection... Read More

    From the article 6 Great Wine Lists


  • Raats Original Unwooded Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc South Africa 2010

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    Wine review by jeffmacintyre


  • Raat's Family Chenin Blanc Original 2009

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

    Wine review by Hana Choi


  • Raat's Family Chenin Blanc Original 2009

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

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Raats Cabernet Franc Stellenbosch 2008

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    Smoky herb nose-- reminiscent of jalapeno. Not as tannic as a cab, nice dark color, interesting drinking. Read More

    Wine review by Miss W


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