Raats Family Wines, Cabernet Franc, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2020
After making wine around the world and honing his craft in the Cape, Bruwer Raats established Raats Family Wines in 2000, based on a policy of ‘excellence through specialisation’, focusing on two unfashionable grapes varieties at the time, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
Purchasing the only land he could afford, some relatively cheap and ‘undesirable’ plots in the Polkadraai Hills, it soon became apparent that the unique granite-based terroir was producing some incredible wines, and is now recognised as one of the finest wards in Stellenbosch. His Eden High Density Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, and the iconic MR de Compostella hold a place as some of South Africa’s finest wines and sit comfortably amongst the best expressions of the varieties on the planet.
From their highest lying vineyards, between 300 and 400 meters above sea level, grown exclusively in decomposed dolomite granite soils. Vines are unirrigated and yield approximately 6 tons per hectare.
Grapes were hand sorted three times, crushed and left to cold soak on the skins for five days. After fermentation the grapes are basket pressed and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and then aged for 16 to 18 months before bottling. Neither fined nor filtered. Fermentation Temperature: 24 to 26°C
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 15
A sexy, luscious Cabernet Franc that is the definition of elegance. Harmoniously integrated flavours of blackberry, black cherry and plum mingle with tobacco, cinnamon and spice. Tannins are soft and gentle on the palate, and hints of dark choclate and minerality on the long finish. A wine gently crafted with great love, and to be enjoyed the same way.
An elegant yet powerful wine best paired with rich meat dishes. Pork Loin, Beef Fillet or Game.
Tim Atkin South Africa Report 2022 94 Points
Gloriously perfumed and intense, this textbook Cabernet Franc is a delightful expression of the Polkadraai Hills. Smartly wooded in 25% new wood, with 35% whole bunches adding another layer of complexity, it's grassy, glossy and intense with fine tannins and racy minerality. 2023-30. 94 Points, TA. 2022.
Vinous 95 Points
The 2020 Cabernet Franc Family comes from vines in the Skoonheid vineyard just up from Raat's house, undergoing a 30% whole bunch ferment to enhance its purity. This has a more opulent nose, far more fruit-forward than the Dolomite with layers of dark cherry, boysenberry and dried violet petal notes. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, an unerring sense of symmetry with great precision on the finish. Top class. 95 Points, NM, October 2022.
Cabernet Franc 100%
6 x 75cl
Award: Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2023 91 Points
Award: Tim Atkin South Africa Report 2022 92 Points
Award: Vinous 94 Points
Award: Tim Atkin South Africa Report 2022 96 Points
Award: Vinous 93 Points
Award: Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2023 93 Points
Award: Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 97 Points