The difference is that in everything we do, we try to echo the quality of our wine and this eventually becomes our marketing angle. We do it small, we do it well and we do it so differently to anybody else. The end result is rare and unique.

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History

Raats Family Wines is a boutique winery situated in the Polkadraai Hills area of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The Estate was established in the year 2000 and is considered a specialist in crafting world class and truly distinct wines from Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc from older vineyards. It is their mission to consistently produce Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc of outstanding quality from South Africa and to establish these wines as international benchmarks.

Raats Family Wines have already earned a stellar reputation internationally as a New World leader in the production of these varietals and regularly receive positive write-ups by esteemed wine reviewers such as Olly Smith, Matthew Jukes, Tim Atkins, James Molesworth, Neil Martin and Jancis Robinson in definitive publications such as Decanter, Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, The Observer, Daily Mail and New York Times.

Proprietor and award-winning winemaker Bruwer Raats has received international and local acclaim during his highly acclaimed career as cellar master and viticulturist par excellence.

Estate Overview

  • Produces an upper scale product of high and consistent quality which they have managed to maintain throughout its range of wines.
  • Quality driven and have set high standards for themselves to ensure the overall quality of the product meets with consumer satisfaction.
  • Produce wine that represents SA Terrior and therefore tastes completely different from any other country in the world.
  • The only Cabernet Franc specialist in South Africa.
  • Family run operation which is hands on and do everything themselves.
  • Maintains complete control of viticulture at these sites, located at an average of 250m above sea level in the prime Bottelary Hills, Simonsberg, Helderberg and Blaauwklippen areas of Stellenbosch.
  • Soil specific and only sources Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc from several extremely low-yielding old vine parcels characterised by complex soils of table mountain sandstone and decomposed dolomite granite.
  • Produces just over 10 000 cases of 12 (120 000 bottles or 90 000 litres) of wine per annum and harvests grapes from about 25ha in total.
  • All the vines are located in Stellenbosch region with about 80% of plantings being Chenin Blanc and only 20% Cabernet Franc.
  • Philosophy: Leave the soil in a better condition than what you found it in. This goal underlies all our actions and decisions.
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Raats Wines

Deep, dark intense ruby colour. Blackcurrant and black cherry fruit with hints of violets, cedar and cinnamon. Rich and complex with mineral, black berry fruit and dark chocolate on the finish. Harmoniously composed of sufficient of each of the five Bordeaux varieties to ensure none dominates. This wine shows a consistent, linear flavour profile with a polished finish. Neal Martin the Wine Advocate: “To sum up this wine in two words: World Class. Ignore at own risk” (November 2013)

Accolades

  • 2017 Rated 4½ stars John Platter (2020)
  • 2017 Scored 96 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (2019)
  • 2016 Scored 92 points by Christian Eedes, Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report 2019
  • 2016 Scored 94 points by Neal Martin (August 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 94 points by Livets Goda SA report 2020
  • 2015 Scored 96 points by Neal Martin (August 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 91 points by James Suckling (July 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 93 points by Wine Spectator Insider (April 2018).
  • 2015 Scored 95 points “Cellar Selection” by Wine Enthusiast (April 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 95 points by Wine Enthusiast (February 2018)
  • 2015 Chosen as one of SA TOP 10 Red Blends (2018)
  • 2015 Scored 5 stars John Platter (2018)
  • 2015 Scored 98 points by Greg Sherwood, Master of Wines (September 2017)
  • 2015 Scored 96 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (September 2017)

The wine shows a very complex, perfumy nose of liquorice, spice, aniseed, fennel and tarragon with a dark berry fruit character. Blackberries, redcurrant, cherry and a cedar wood spiciness follow through onto a very juicy mid-palate. The long, fine finish offers notes of cranberry, blueberry, cinnamon and dark chocolate. It is Cabernet Franc at its very best: lithe, supple and elegant.

Accolades

  • 2017 Rated 5 stars John Platter (2020)
  • 2017 Scored 94 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (2019)
  • 2016 Top 100 Wine Challenge (May 2019)
  • 2016 Scored 94 points / Top red wine Christian Eedes from Winemag #AltVarReport (2019)
  • 2016 Scored 93 points by Neal Martin (August 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 90 points by Christian Eedes from Winemag in the #AltVarReport (2019)
  • 2015 Scored 91 points by James Suckling (July 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 90 points in the Wine Spectator Review (April 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 90 points by Christian Eedes from Winemag – Alternative Varieties Report (Feb 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 93 points by Wine Enthusiast (April 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 5 Star John Platter (2018)
  • 2015 Scored 93 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (Sep 2017)
  • 2015 Scored 94 points by Christian Eedes from Winemag (Sep 2017)

The 2013 gemstone is very complex; with subtle dark berry fruit on the nose and all the perfume and violets one would expect from 85% Cabernet Franc. The palate surprises with its darkness of fruit: blue and blackberries, blackcurrant, even bramble, intertwined with hints of tobacco and the darkest of chocolate. Complex and structured, it will be difficult to tire of this wine. “This wine should keep you busy.” – Bruwer Raats and Gavin Bruwer.

Accolades

  • 2017 Rated 4½ stars John Platter (2020)
  • 2017 Scored 92 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (2019)
  • 2017 Scored 93 points by Christian Eedes, Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report 2019
  • 2016 Top 100 Wine Challenge (May 2019)
  • 2016 Scored 91 points by Neal Martin (August 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 92 points by James Suckling (July 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 91 points Wine Spectator (Feb. 2018)
  • 2015 Rated 4½ stars John Platter
  • 2015 Scored 91 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (September 2017)
  • 2015 Scored 88 points by Christian Eedes from Winemag (September 2017)
  • 2015 Scored Double gold winner at the TOP 100 SA Wine Challenge (2017)
  • 2015 Scored 92 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (April 2017)

The nose promises mulberries and plummy fruitiness. Dark berry fruit and a minty herbaceousness linger on the palate. The wine is elegant, showing great purity of fruit and is extremely moreish, with a hint of wet-stone minerality.

95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec.

Accolades

  • 2017 Rated 4½ stars John Platter (2020)
  • 2017 Scored 90 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (2019)
  • 2017 Scored 89 points by Wine Spectator (May 2019)
  • 2017 Scored 92 points by Christian Eedes from Wnemag in the #AltVarReport (2019)
  • 2016 Scored 91 points by Christian Eedes from WInemag in the #AltVarReport (2019)
  • 2016 Scored 90 points by Neal Martin (August 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 90 points by James Suckling (July 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 90 points by Christian Eedes from Winemag – Alternative Varieties Report (Feb. 2018)
  • 2015 Scored 91 points “Editor’s Choice” by Wine Enthusiast (April 2018)
  • 2015 Rated 4 stars John Platter (2018)
  • 2015 Scored 92 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (September 2017)
  • 2015 Scored 90 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (April 2017)
  • 2015 Scored TOP 100 NWC Double gold winner (April 2017)

This wine epitomises the understated elegance of Chenin Blanc. Its restrained, yet complex, nose offers quince, ripe pear, orange blossoms, nettles and spice. On the palate the wine shows granadilla, pineapple and lemongrass and the cloves, nutmeg and ginger of the nose follow through against a backdrop of vibrant acidity, ending with a long spicy, limey note. The wine’s beauty lies in its lightness of touch and in the elegant way its complexity is revealed.

Accolades

  • 2019 – not rated yet
  • 2018 Rated 4½ stars John Platter (2020)
  • 2018 Scored 93 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (2019)
  • 2017 Scored 92 points by Editors Choice (#67 on Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines of 2019)
  • 2017 Scored 93 points by Livets Goda SA report 2020
  • 2017 Scored 92 points by Neal Martin (August 2018)
  • 2017 Scored 91 points by James Suckling (July2018)
  • 2016 Scored 17+ by Jancis Robinson (Nov 2017)
  • 2016 Rated 5 stars John Platter (2018)
  • 2016 Scored 93 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (Sep 2017)
  • 2015 Rated 4 ½ stars John Platter (2017)
  • 2015 Scored 92 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (May 2017)

The wine has a distinctive yellow apple and pineapple core, alongside notes of green melon and limes. The wine is thus bursting with fresh fruit flavours. The wine ends with zesty citrus flavours, and has a long mineral finish. The Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2013 is a classic example of a Chenin Blanc of older vines, grown in very specific soil types. Now in its 13th year of production the consistency in quality is unquestionable.

Accolades

  • 2019 – not rated yet
  • 2018 Rated 4½ stars John Platter (2020)
  • 2018 Scored 90 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (2019)
  • 2018 Scored 90 points by Neal Martin (August 2018)
  • 2017 Scored 91 points by James Suckling (July 2018)
  • 2017 Scored 90 points by Christian Eedes from Winemag (September 2017)
  • 2017 Scored 90 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (September 2017)
  • 2016 Scored 5 stars John Platter (2018)
  • 2016 Scored 91 Points by Wine Spectator (Feb 2017)
  • 2016 Double Gold winner at the TOP 100 SA wine Challenge (2017)
  • 2016 Scored 91 points by Wine Spectator (November 2016)
  • 2015 Scored 91 points by Decanter UK (November 2016)
  • 2015 Scored 4 stars John Platter (2017)
  • 2015 Scored 92 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (September 2016)
  • 2015 Scored 90 points by Wine Spectator (November 2016)
  • 2015 Scored 90 points by the Wine Enthusiast (March 2017)