Raats Family Wines
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- Year Established: 2000
- Winery Contact: Bruwer Raats
- Winemaker:Bruwer Raats and Gavin Bruwer Slabbert
About our winery:
(Raats Family Wines are specialists in the crafting of exceptional wines from Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.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.A great deal of effort has gone into sourcing specific soil types and old low-yielding vineyards located in the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Durbanville Hills and the Paardeberg area. "The best viticultural soil for Chenin Blanc in all the land is undoubtedly located in and around Stellenbosch. We source from vines on average 25 years old, grown 250m above sea level - perfect!" All grapes are handpicked and wines made with his extensive knowledge and attention to detail. The result is a truly distinctive showcase for South African wine and soil.
Three things to love about us:
Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc Specialists.Wine making method: Integrity & sustainability.
What makes us unique:
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Original Chenin Blanc•2013 - scored 91 points by Tim Atkin (July 2014).•2013 - 4 stars John Platter 2014.•2013 - TOP100 SA wines 2014.•2013 - scored 86 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (October 2013).•2012 - scored 88 points by Wine Enthusiast (July 2014).•2012 - scored 88 points by James Molesworth and was selected as one of his Top Value SA Wines (July 2014).Family Old Vine Chenin Blanc•2012 - scored 89 points by Wine Spectator (August 2014).•2012 - scored 93 points by Tim Atkin (July 2014).•2012 - 4½ stars John Platter 2014.•2012 - scored 89 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (October 2013).•2011 - scored 91 points by Wine Enthusiast (July 2014Dolomite Cabernet Franc•2012 Scored 92 points by Tim Atkin (July 2014). •2012 Scored 89 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (Oct 2013). •2012 TOP100 SA Wine Award (2014). •2011 Chosen as one of the TOP 100 SA wines (2013). •2010 scored a 92 by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (January 2013).Family Red Jasper•2013 - not yet submitted •2012 - Scored 92 points by Tim Atkin (July 2014).•2012 - TOP100 SA wines 2014.•2012 - Scored 91 point by Neal Martin from The Wine AdvocateFamily Cabernet Franc •Scored 93 points by Tim Atkin (July 2014).•Rated 5 stars in John Platter 2014.•Scored 90 points from Wine Enthusiast