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Country of Origin & Region


South Africa, Stellenbosch


Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2017

Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2017 a beauty ...

Tasting Notes

The nose is complex and multi-dimensional with notes of yellow apple, quince and stone fruit notes reminding of white peach. The palate, although somewhat delicate, is finely tuned on its medium bodied frame, displaying captivating fruit intensity that has a touch of mid palate roundness, with vibrancy and freshness to the assorted flavors of stone fruit/peach and nectarine and citrus/lime with a mineral component on the finish. Quite long and persistent on the finish this is showing well out the gate and should drink impressively over the next 5 plus years.

Food Accompaniments

Mild Indain curries, smoked salmon, white fish in brurre blanc sauce

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

91 pts James Suckling June 2018
Another outstanding chenin blanc with sliced-apple and white-peach character. Medium body, bright acidity and a dry finish. Delicious now. Screw cap.
92 pts Vinous/Neil Martin Aug 2018
The 2017 Old Vines Chenin Blanc comes from three parcels of 40-plus-year-old vines. Half of the wine was fermented and matured in 300-liter French oak barrels, half in stainless steel, for nine months before blending. The fragrant bouquet demands coaxing from the glass, revealing scents of yellow fruit, fennel and light granite. The palate is well balanced, offering orange zest, yellow fruit and touches of ginger and a very subtle, rich viscosity toward the finish, while maintaining superb freshness from beginning to end. Superb.
93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2018
Pale, refined and elegant, this is a 50/50 blend of wooded and stainless steel components, with pure green apple and citrus fruit flavours, hints of beeswax, fennel and saffron and a dusting of baking spices. 2019-25

Winemaker Notes

The wine offers a complex nose showing quince, white peach, yellow apple, acacia, nettles, white pepper and fenugreek spices and an intense minerality. The stone fruit character follows through onto an exceptionally balanced, very delicate, fine textured limey palate showing a peach-melba character with an exquisite roundness and freshness. The wine lingers with hints of ripe nectarine and apricot, zesty lemon and wet chalk.

Chemical Analysis




13.5% alcohol by volume



Chenin Blanc

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