Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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The Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2017 was named Best Niche Red Variety in the Winemag Prescient Top 20 Wines South Africa 2020 Report.

Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc. That’s it. Since 2000, founder Bruwer Raats has kept his focus on these two varieties, believing that specialising would lead to success. This belief was not unfounded, as today, Raats Family Wines is regarded as a leader of South Africa’s Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, receiving consistent local and international accolades.

The Family Cabernet Franc 2017 has been described by Raats as having enticing aromas including Cape fynbos, rosemary, lavender and thyme with spicy notes of nutmeg, cloves and star anise. Intense brooding blackberry fruit, graphite and a streak of minerality add to the complexity of the nose.

Tasting notes:
'Complex, showing sense of place, masterly restraint, 2017 is expressive yet lean & refined. Earthy, leafy, with iodine & mulberry infusions, olive tapenade, finely integrated oak. Standout example in the SA industry. 18 months in 300L French oak, as all the reds. This 25% new.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)

'Matured for 18 months in French oak, 25% new. A pretty nose with notes of red and black berries, some floral perfume, a subtle herbal note and some oak spice. The palate is wonderfully poised with dense fruit counterbalanced by fresh acidity and firm but fine tannins. Just so elegant.' – Winemag Prescient Top 20 Wines South Africa 2020 Report, 94/100 'He sometimes refers to himself as the Chenin King on Twitter, but Bruwer Raats does an equally fine job with Cabernet Franc. This comes from two sites in the Polkadraai Hills and is wonderfully nuanced and fresh, with the focus of the best 2017 reds, filigree tannins and grassy, red cherry fruit. 2020-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, 94/100

Alc: 14%
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 14%
Blend information 100% Cabernet Franc
Drink to Long-term cellaring
Variety Cabernet Franc
Rating PG 95
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