Raats Family Eden High Density Chenin Blanc 2018

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This high density vineyard planted to the Montpellier Chenin Blanc clone has become more and more established year after year, enough so to already start to display unique vineyard terroir features in the same way you would see in the greatest single vineyards of the Loire or Burgundy. The 2018 exhibits an impressively tight, taut and focused aromatic profile that teases the senses with the most intricate and intense mineral nuances while simultaneously offering up a veritable kings banquet of the most complex array of yellow orchard fruits and white citrus. Regal and noble in every sense, this is a wine born from the fruit of a vineyard planted with the most meticulous planning and precision viticulture. The resulting complexity is clear for all to see with layer upon layer of liquid minerality, wet grey slate, peach skins, wet thatch and sweet orange pastille candied notes wafting effortlessly out of the glass. On the palate, there is certainly no lack of vigour either with a bright, vibrant acidity from the 100% decomposed granite soils that lend an extra dimension of linearity that has become another hallmark of the Eden style of Chenin Blanc and is just one of the factors which helps guarantee this wines age worthiness. The palate of this 2018 radiates a crystalline flesh and depth, Lalique-like fruit purity and accessibility combined with an impressive mandarin orange, white peach, fresh fennel and a salty, briney finish twined with a resurgent granitic minerality. Slightly more open knit on release that either the 2015 or 2016, this new expression is nevertheless a thing of wonder and beauty.
96/100 Greg Sherwood MW

5 Stars Platters Guide 2020

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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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