Raats Jasper Red Blend 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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'Formerly known as Red Jasper, this is a Cabernet Franc-based blend with 46% Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, all aged in older wood to allow the perfume to express itself. Supple and forward, with red berry and blackberry fruit, fine tannins and appealing freshness for a wine from such a hot, dry vintage. Drink 2021-26.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 93/100

'Impressive Bordeaux-style blend, 2018 is cab franc (45%), with malbec, cab, merlot, fine-tuned & layered. Rich blackcurrant & maraschino laced with iodine, moist earth & wild herbs. 18 months in older oak.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (92/100)

'The 2018 Red Blend Jasper underwent three sortings by hand and aged for 16 months in French oak (20% new). It gets to grips with the grape variety much better than the Dolomite this year. Intense red fruit mixes with black pepper, sage and light basalt aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins and a mixture of black and red fruit. Slightly earthy toward a finish of commendable length. Excellent. Drink 2023-2034.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 91/100 (Apr 2021)

'Exceptionally intense and complex on the nose with blackberry, black cherry and bramble in abundance and subtle hints of forest floor, dark chocolate, aniseed and spicy tobacco. The walk in the Black Forest continues with blue and blackberry dancing on a tight rope with focus and concentration, following through onto a perfectly balanced, fine-grained, velvety palate. The finish lingers with hints of fresh mint, cinnamon and perfume. Complex and structured.' – Bruwer Raats, Winemaker
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Condition New
Winemaker Bruwer Raats
Alcohol 14%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 53% Cabernet Franc, 36% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Rating TA 93
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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