Bruwer Raats

Raats new releases amongst Top 100 SA Wines
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Cabernet Franc specialist Bruwer Raats has once again proven his supremacy with this varietal with two of his latest releases featuring on the Top 100 SA Wines list, which was released today. The 2011 Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc and the 2011 Red Jasper were both chosen during the 2013 Top 100 SA Wines Challenge.

Raats was delighted with the performance of his two new releases, which were the first after thirteen years. “The maiden releases of these two wines scored incredibly well in Platter and it really encouraging to see the follow-up vintages continuing their great performance by being recognised amongst the top 100 wines of South Africa. The introduction of these wines forms part of my crusade to make Cabernet Franc more popular. I crafted the Dolomite to make Cabernet Franc more available and accessible to local wine consumers. On the other hand, The Red Jasper is a Bordeaux blend, which is better known amongst wine lovers, but as it is a Cabernet Franc driven blend, it might convince wine drinkers to try more Cabernet Franc as well,” mentions Raats.

The judges commented favourably on the Dolomite’s “lovely, classical elegant style” and described it as “welcoming, well balanced and feminine.” In terms of the Red Jasper, named after Raats’ late father, the “ripe, sweet date fruits with some cassis perfume, very appealing tannins and fine acid backbone” ticked all the right boxes with the judges.

Visit the Raats Family Wines website for more information.

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Raats Family Red Jasper 2013

85% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Merlot
alc: 14.0  RS: 2.7  pH: 3.60
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