Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2018

Tasting Notes

Winery: Raats
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
SKU: RAAOLDCHE2018 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2018



4 ½ Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Elegant, stately 18 (94 pts) follows illustrious record with heady aromatics woven into generous, refined tropical fruit. 50% older-barrel-fermented fraction rounds out rich & plush texture, adding body & mouthfeel. Outstanding.

92 pts Tim Atkin MW 2020

In what Bruwer Raats rightly describes as a “very good vintage for whites”, this excellent wooded Chenin Blanc has come up trumps. Combining fruit from sandstone and granite soils over three parcels, with 50% of the resulting wine seeing oak, it has aromas of white flowers and a honeyed, peachy palate underpinned by stony minerality. 2020-25

92 pts Vinous April 2021

The 2018 Chenin Blanc Old Vine saw half the wine fermented and matured in 300- and 500-liter French oak barrels and half in stainless steel for 11 months. It has a clean, crisp bouquet displaying quite a prominent stoniness that lends a sense of reserve. The palate is well balanced with good weight and intensity on the entry, and lightly honeyed with a touch of spice toward the sappy finish.


Winemaker Notes

The wine offers a complex nose showing quince, white peach and yellow apple, with fenugreek spices give more dimension alongside the mineral intensity of the wine. The stone fruit character follows through onto an exceptionally balanced, very delicate and fine textured palate showing a peach-melba character with an exquisite length and freshness. The wine lingers with hints of ripe nectarine and apricot, zesty lemon and wet chalk.

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