Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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Winemaker of the Year - Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2023
‘The 2020 Cabernet Franc Family comes from vines in the Skoonheid vineyard just up from Raat's house, undergoing a 30% whole bunch ferment to enhance its purity. This has a more opulent nose, far more fruit-forward than the Dolomite with layers of dark cherry, boysenberry and dried violet petal notes. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, an unerring sense of symmetry with great precision on the finish. Top class. 2024-2040’ – Neal Martin, Vinous, 95/100

‘Gloriously perfumed and intense, this textbook Cabernet Franc is a delightful expression of the Polkadraai Hills. Smartly wooded in 25% new wood, with 35% whole bunches adding another layer of complexity, it's grassy, glossy and intense with fine tannins and racy minerality. 2023-30’ – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2022, 94/100

‘20% whole-bunch fermentation. Matured for 16 months in barrel, 10% new. Enticing aromatics with top notes of rose and fresh herbs before red and black berries and a touch of earth. Lovely fruit purity, bright acidity ad fine tannins on the palate. Seductive – a certain succulence and openness about it initially but ends wonderfully dry. Alc: 13.5%.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100

‘The nose entices with its perfume and a garrigue character of 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.’ – Winemaker

More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Bruwer Raats
Alcohol 14.5%
Blend information 100% Cabernet Franc
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Cabernet Franc
Rating VIN 95
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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