4 ½ Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Quintessential Stellenbosch chenin, 20 (91 pts) has effortless poise & elegance, pure ripe tropical fruit, great presence. Cold fermented, lees aged 6 months, unwooded – the simplest formula perfectly executed.
90 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021
Bruwer Raats sold off half the Original in bulk in 2020 to retain its quality. Sourced from two vineyards on granite and sandstone soils, this is a crunchy, unwooded, peach and green apple Chenin that never lets you down. 2021-2024
90 pts Wine Advocate June 2022
Unwooded, the 2020 Original Chenin Blanc begins with a bright, classic and expressive nose with elements of apple and quince paste, lime candy, yellow apples, pineapple and hints of wax melon. Medium-bodied, the wine bursts with bright acidity on the palate—making it perfect for fresh seafood, salads and hard cheeses—before somersaulting to a long, lingering finish with a kiss of phenolic bitterness. Bravo, this is delicious. 2021-2030
Original Chenin is crafted without the use of any oak in order to preserve the wine’s “Original,” vibrant fresh fruit character. Now in its 19th year of production, it boasts an unquestionable consistency in quality and style. Bursting with fresh fruit flavors, this vibrant wine displays a distinctive yellow apple and pineapple core, alongside notes of green melon and limes. The wine reveals zesty citrus flavors and a long mineral finish.