Raats Jasper Red 2021

Tasting Notes

Exceptionally intense and complex on the nose with blackberry, black cherry and bramble in abundance and subtle hints of forest floor, dark chocolate, aniseed and spicy tobacco. The walk in the Black Forest continues with blue and blackberry dancing on a tight rope with focus and concentration, following through onto a perfectly balanced, fine-grained, velvety palate. The finish lingers with hints of fresh mint, cinnamon and perfume. Complex and structured.
53% Cabernet Franc, 36% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot

SKU: RAAJAS2021 Categories: ,
Raats Jasper 2021



94+ pts Wine Advocate Dec 2023
Still a baby, the 2021 Red Jasper is a blend of 53% Cabernet Franc, 20% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. The nose is tight, with red fruit essences swaying with notions of dusty florals, brown baking spices and spiced plum. Medium to full-bodied, the wine will have no problem filling its shoes over the next year, as it possesses gobs of complexity that uncoil on the palate before ending with a long lingering, spicy finish. You’ll be tempted to open this beautiful wine too early; give it time, and your patience will be rewarded. The wine rested for 16 months in French oak barrels. Only 17,000 bottles of this South African gem were produced.

4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
At 53%, cab franc leads 21 (93 pts) 5-way Bordeaux-style blend. Immediately appealing, with ripe but lively cedar-influenced aromas & flavours. Subtle oaking (none new) in support of sweet fruit, tannins juicy, the balance effective. With a good future ahead, it’s already delicious.

93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2023
Jasper is Cabernet Franc based – it’s Bruwer Raats’ favourite red variety after all – with the remaining 47% made up of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Curated in older wood, it shows the freshness, focus and balance that are the hallmarks of the winery’s style, with plum, black cherry and cassis flavours and layered, sinewy tannins. 2024-30

92 pts Vinous Nov 2023
The 2021 Red Blend Jasper comprises 53% Cabernet Franc, 20% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, aged for 16 months in 2nd to 4th fill barrels before bottling. It has a lovely blackberry and raspberry scented bouquet with hints of cracked black pepper and iodine, I think, emanating from the Malbec. The medium-bodied palate has grainy tannins, fresh and quite saline, assiduously blended to feel harmonious and focused on the finish. This cuvée retails for around $20 to $25 a bottle in the United States, where sales are booming. If you know better value-for-money, let me know because I’d be damned if I knew of one.

92 pts James Suckling Nov 2023
Freshly brewed tea, pencil shavings, fresh and dried herbs and fresh blackberries on the nose. Wild blueberries, too. Medium-bodied with a firm and fine-grained tannin frame. Structured and elegant. 53% cabernet franc, 20% malbec, 18% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot and 2% petit verdot. Drink from 2024.

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1 review for Raats Jasper Red 2021

  1. Libby G

    Libby G

    Tasted 5/3/24 at a South African producers Braai event, with assistant winemaker Gavin Bruwer in attendance, and this was one of the wines to steal the show that day… this has noted complexity, offering a core of vibrant, spicy darker red fruit supported by tannins that are just now starting to resolve themselves leading to an impressive lingering finish. This has the structure for some nice mid-term aging and is just now starting to give a glimpse of its true potential. Great value!

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