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Eden High Density Chenin Blanc

Raats, Eden High Density Chenin Blanc 2015

R655

5 in stock

Notes

'When Bruwer Raats set about establishing 0.2ha of Cabernet Franc and 0.6ha of Chenin Blanc on his Polkadraai property during the mid-2000s, his point of departure was “quality by design” which saw him undertake the most rigorous soil preparation, careful selection of clones and high density plantings (1 x 1.2m – the equivalent of 8 000 vines/ha). The resulting wines are proving to be among the very best to have emerged in the modern era of the South African wine industry.

While the maiden 2014s were excellent (see here) but the newly released 2015s, which benefit from what many consider to be one of the greatest vintages of all time, are that little notch up.

Tasting notes:
'Restrained, linear 15 from very low-yielding 0.6 ha single vineyard on Polkadraai Hills. Understated power & elegance, with exotic kiwi, pineapple & ginger complexity mingling with deft touch oak spice (10 months, 50% new)'. – Platter's Wine Guide 2018, 5*

'Matured for 10 months in three 300-litre barrels, one new, one third-fill and one fourth-fill. Top notes of fresh herbs, hay and spice before pear, peach and some leesy complexity. The palate shows astonishing fruit concentration, a lovely line of acidity and a pithy finish. Layers of flavour and great composure. That much more precise than 2014.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 95/100

'High density means 8,000 vines per hectare in this instance, all planted with the Montpellier clone. The result is a bush vine Chenin of incredible concentration, with subtle oak, layers of pear, quince and tangerine, racy acidity and a finish that lasts for over a minute on the tongue. 2017-25'. – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2017, 94/100

'When Bruwer Raats set about establishing 0.2ha of Cabernet Franc and 0.6ha of Chenin Blanc on his Polkadraai property during the mid-2000s, his point of departure was “quality by design” which saw him undertake the most rigorous soil preparation, careful selection of clones and high density plantings (1 x 1.2m – the equivalent of 8 000 vines/ha). The resulting wines are proving to be among the very best to have emerged in the modern era of the South African wine industry.

While the maiden 2014s were excellent (see here) but the newly released 2015s, which benefit from what many consider to be one of the greatest vintages of all time, are that little notch up.

Tasting notes:
'Restrained, linear 15 from very low-yielding 0.6 ha single vineyard on Polkadraai Hills. Understated power & elegance, with exotic kiwi, pineapple & ginger complexity mingling with deft touch oak spice (10 months, 50% new)'. – Platter's Wine Guide 2018, 5*

'Matured for 10 months in three 300-litre barrels, one new, one third-fill and one fourth-fill. Top notes of fresh herbs, hay and spice before pear, peach and some leesy complexity. The palate shows astonishing fruit concentration, a lovely line of acidity and a pithy finish. Layers of flavour and great composure. That much more precise than 2014.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 95/100

'High density means 8,000 vines per hectare in this instance, all planted with the Montpellier clone. The result is a bush vine Chenin of incredible concentration, with subtle oak, layers of pear, quince and tangerine, racy acidity and a finish that lasts for over a minute on the tongue. 2017-25'. – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2017, 94/100

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CE95

Country

ZA

Region

Stellenbosch

Style

White

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