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Raat's Red Jasper 2013

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Raat's Red Jasper 2013 750ML      
Sku: 66072

Raats Family Wines, founded in 2001 by brothers Bruwer and Jasper Raats, is focused solely on crafting world class Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, best known as the premier grapes of France's Loire Valley. The small, family-owned winery has quickly established itself as a New World leader in the production of these two varietals, garnering tremendous critical acclaim – including consistent 90+ ratings – and a dedicated fan base.

Raats is truly a family operation, and the clan firmly believes that South Africa's proliferation of older Chenin Blanc vineyards provides a unique opportunity to craft terroir-driven wines that serve as international benchmarks for the varietal. Raats owns several hectares of estate vineyards in the Polkadraai Hills. In addition, they source Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc from several extremely low-yielding old vines parcels where Bruwer maintains complete control of viticulture. These sites are characterized by complex soils of sandstone and decomposed granite.

For Bruwer, the greatest part of crafting wines under your own label is that "you don't have to worry about shareholders or catering to a market, or to keeping within a cellar's style. You can have freedom of expression in something that you believe in." The Raats family continues to win over hordes of thirsty consumers worldwide with their passionate belief in the classic, versatile and decidedly stylish varietals of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.

Tasting notes
Shows dark berry fruit on the nose, along with the perfume and violets. The palate offers luscious brambly berry fruit intertwined with hints of tobacco and dark chocolate. Silky tannins caress the palate, and a lovely minerality shines through on the long, supple finish.

Rating
“The 2013 Red Jasper is a blend of 85% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 2.5% each of Merlot & Petit Verdot. This is a classic, tobacco-tinged bouquet that remains very well defined. The palate is also less fleshy, revealing its structure and agreeable austerity that renders this very “classic” in style. The acidity is perfectly in tune with the fruit with an almost foursquare finish. ” Wine Advocate, 92 Points

Country: South Africa
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Type: Still wine
 
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