The wine has a distinctive yellow apple and pineapple core, alongside notes of green melon and limes. The wine ends with zesty citrus flavours, and has a long mineral finish. The Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2017 is a classic example of a Chenin Blanc made from older vines, grown in very specific soil types. Now in its 17th year of production, the consistency in quality is unquestionable.
Voted winery of the year in The Platter Guide 2018, with 8 Five Star wines which was more than another producer, Bruwer Raats is considered to be one of the leading New World producers of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
Raats Family Wines was originally a partnership between brothers Bruwer and Jasper Raats, with their father Jasper Snr as viticulturist. Jasper Snr passed away in 2009 which saw Bruwer's cousin, Gavin Bruwer Slabbert joining the team as Winemaker and Viticulturist.
Bruwer spent time at esteemed Blaauwklippen, Delaire and Zorgvliet estates before his commitment to build the Raats Family brand full time. His intense and personal devotion has seen Raats Family Wines evolve into a New World leader in the production of these varietals, which many international critics consider benchmarks.
A great deal of effort has gone into sourcing specific soil types and old low-yielding vineyards located in the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Durbanville Hills and the Paardeberg area.
"The best viticultural soil for Chenin Blanc in all the land is undoubtedly located in and around Stellenbosch. We source from vines on average 25 years old, grown 250m above sea level - perfect!"
All grapes are handpicked and wines made with his extensive knowledge and attention to detail. The result is a truly distinctive showcase for South African wine and soil.