Raats Family Eden High Density Cabernet Franc 2017

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While the 2015 Eden Cabernet Franc was undoubtedly an awesome thing of beauty, the 2017 release feels intuitively like the fruit comes from a vintage even more suited to this variety. Perfume, elegance, purity, intensity and freshness are the calling cards of this wine. Lifted high toned perfume notes waft endlessly from the glass confounding the senses with a complex aromatic offering of saline cassis, sour black cherry, cedar and cinnamon spice, wet thatch and the most mouth watering notes of granny’s freshly baked blue berry pie newly out the oven. Fabulous varietal purity and typicity follow to a pristinely focused, vibrant, electric palate that shows incredible concentration, piercing intensity and high voltage acidity. The linearity and tension on the wine are classic hallmarks of the decomposed granitic soils of the vineyard with the 2017 vintage lending an extra tart brightness, precision and finesse. Cabernet Franc is never about brute force and while the 2015 certainly carried a bigger arsenal of tannin fire power, this wine is understated and supremely classical in construction but also finely chiselled and delineated. Finishing with dusty graphite, sweet baking spices and satin mineral tannins, this wine has to stand alongside the greatest Cabernet Francs ever produced in South Africa to date. Drink this incredible wine at as many points of its evolution as possible over the next 25+ years. (98/100 Greg Sherwood MW)

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TWO WINEMAKING BROTHERS HAVE ESTABLISHED TRACK RECORDS AS WINEMAKERS AT LEADING CAPE WINERIES. BRUWER (AND BROTHER JASPER RAATS) ALSO SHARE A PASSION FOR MAKING QUALITY CHENIN BLANC AND CABERNET FRANC WINES, BELIEVING THAT SOUTH AFRICA'S PROLIFERATION OF OLDER VINEYARDS (FOR CHENIN) PROVIDES A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO POSITION THE COUNTRY AS A NEW WORLD CHENIN BLANC LEADER. THEIR COMMITMENT EXTENDS TO SOURCING LOW-YIELDING GRAPES FROM AN OLD CHENIN BLANC VINEYARD, LOCATED IN THE BOTTELARY HILLS ON THE KUILS RIVER SIDE OF STELLENBOSCH. WITH JASPER PROVIDING INPUT ON VITICULTURAL ASPECTS, AND BRUWER TAKING CHARGE OF WINEMAKING DECISIONS, THE BROTHERS HAVE NUDGED AND CAJOLED FRUIT FROM THESE OLD VINES INTO TWO UNIQUELY DIFFERENT CHENIN BLANC STYLES. MADE IN LIMITED QUANTITIES, BOTH WINES REACH UNEXPECTED HEIGHTS OF FLAVOUR. BRUWER'S CABERNET FRANC RANKS AS ONE OF THE FINEST PRODUCED IN SOUTH AFRICA AND IS HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER BY COLLECTORS. BRUWER IS NOW MAKING WAVES WITH HIS BORDEAUX BLENDS CALLED MR DE COMPOSTELLA.

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