Raats Eden High Density Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2019 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
R850
In stock
(Only 2 left)
96
PG
'Beautifully wrought chenin from tiny (0.6 ha) Polkadraai Hills parcel, 2019 scales the heights again. Sleek & nuanced, with tropical & citrus fruit, hazelnut highlights. Bunch pressed into barrel (65% new); natural yeasts, year maturation.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (96/100)

'Bruwer Raats doesn’t have to walk very far to check up on the 0.6 hectares of the highdensity Eden block, as it's located just behind his house. Located on granite soils, it's one of the best Chenin Blanc sites in Stellenbosch. The resulting wine is taut and stony, with remarkable intensity, scented wood, pear and lemon fruit and impressive tension. Drink 2023-29.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100

'2019 was an exceptional vintage for Chenin Blanc and the quality is clear for all to see on this impressive wine. The aromatics are subtle but sophisticated with delicate notes of yellow peaches, crunchy pears, wax and incense, wet thatch, oat meal and hints of dried orange peel. On the palate, the texture is taut and focused, crystalline and pure with a delicately weighted fruit concentration, vibrant tangy acids and a genteel melange of ripe peach, yellow apple and tangerine fruit zest. This is a very understated wine, an elegant but complex offering with incredible drinkability and a generous accessibility that results in the bottle being finished long before expected. Like all the very best bottles of white, this wine just somehow seems to evaporate out the glass! Drink on release or cellar for 8 to 10+ years. (Only 2,390 bottles produced.)' – Greg Sherwood MW, 94+/100

'Peach, yellow apple, oatmeal, a little waxy character plus hints of ginger and baking spice. The palate is relatively rich and broad with nicely integrated, seemingly quite moderate acidity – full of flavour with a gently savoury finish. Total production: 2 390 bottles.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100

'The wine’s inviting nose displays lime, green apple, with white peach and pineapple. Here subtle spices of ginger, angelica and white pepper are entwined with florals of peach blossom and honeysuckle. The palate shows further fruit depth with quince, kumquat, mandarin orange and pear, against a backdrop of steely minerals. Hints of roasted hazelnuts and almonds add to the complexity of the palate. The wine is exceptionally linear and fresh with a fine texture and finishes with notes of fennel and the ginger spiciness promised by the nose.' – Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Bruwer Raats
Alcohol 13%
Blend information 100% Chenin Blanc
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chenin Blanc
Rating PG 96
Technical analysis RS: 3.3 g/L | TA: 5.4 g/L | PH: 3.43
Producer information Bruwer Raats founded Raats Family Wines in 2000, and since then has narrowed his focus on Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, with only one blend, The Jasper Red blend. He believed that specialising would lead to success, and this belief was not unfounded, as today, Raats Family Wines is regarded as a leader of South African Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Raats has received consistent local and international accolades and was named Winery of the Year for the 2018 Platter's Guide with 5 out of 6 wines achieving five-star ratings. As Neal Martin says, 'Cabernet Franc does not get better than at Raats'.
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