Raats, Family Cabernet Franc 750ml 2015South Africa, Stellenbosch
Soil type: 100% Decomposed Dolomite Granite. Age of vines: 18 - 25 years. Trellised vines and no irrigation. All from Stellenbosch and grown only on decomposed dolomite granite, which gives a great acidity and freshness to the wine and adds minerality to the finish. The individual vineyard blocks are each hand-picked at perfect ripeness during the last week in February till the first week in March.
Grapes were hand sorted three times, crushed and left to cold soak on the skins for five days. After fermentation the grapes are basket pressed and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and then aged for 18 months before bottling. Fermentation Temperature: 28°C. Wood Ageing of 18 months in French Vicard and Mercury oak barrels (25% new, 25% second, 25% third fill and 25% fourth fill).
'Enticing savoury note on 15 off low-yield decomposed granite soils. sour cherry, olive, rosemary & coriander complexity, smoky note plus judicious oak support (18 months, 30% new) for vibrant blue fruit. Execellent 14 also balanced & poised'. – Platter's Wine Guide 2018, 5*
'Using grapes from two of Bruwer Raats’ best (and highest) blocks, both of which face south, this is a very dense, muscular, sinewy Cabernet Franc that has an appealing combination of old vine concentration, herbal, lead pencil aromas and well judged spicy oak. 2019-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, 2017 SA Special Report, 93/100
Alc: 14.0% RS: 3.1 g/L TA: 6.2 g/L pH: 3.37
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JR: JancisRobinson.com | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | TA: Tim Atkin MW | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WS: Wine Spectator