91 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022
The grapes for Raats Original Chenin Blanc are sourced from vineyards in Stellenbosch. The vines average 36 years of age. All of the vineyards are characterized by complex soils of either Table Mountain sandstone or decomposed dolomite granite. The vineyard sites are a combination of trellised and bush vine, irrigated and dry farmed. A recently planted vineyard consisting of a new French clone of Chenin Blanc
recently came into production helping to significantly increase the quality of the Chenin Blanc
Grapes grown from the two soil types are fermented separately, the decomposed granite bringing a lime and mineral character, while the sandstone more topical fruit and structure. The juice was cold settled for 2 to 3 days, then cold fermented (14° – 16°C) in stainless steel tanks.
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.
The wine has a distinctive yellow apple, kiwi fruit and pineapple core, alongside notes of green melon and limes. The wine is thus bursting with fresh fruit flavors. The wine has a zesty citrus flavor lingering on the palate, with a long mineral finish.