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Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2014

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Bruwer Raats & Gavin Bruwer Slabbert
Main Variety
Cabernet Franc
Appellation
Stellenbosch
Alcohol
14.0 %vol
pH
3.49
RS
2.8 g/l
TA
5.7 g/l
Characteristics
Type
Red
Style
Dry

Accolades

  • 2014 - 4½ stars John Platter 2017
  • 2014 - scored 94 points by Christian Eedes from Winemag (Nov 2016)
  • 2013 - scored 93 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (Dec 2015) 
  • 2013 - Rated 4½ stars John Platter 2016
  • 2012 - scored 4½ stars by Perswijn Magazine 16/7 (November 2016)
  • 2012 - scored 94 points by Tim Atkin (2015) 
  • 2012 - scored 92 points by Stephen Tanzer (June 2015) 
  • 2012 - TOP100 SA wines in 2015 
  • 2012 - scored 91 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (Oct 2014) 
  • 2012 - scored 95 points by Christian Eedes from Winemag ( Oct 2014) 
  • 2011 - scored 93 point by Tim Atkins (July 2014) 
  • 2011 - Rated 5 stars in John Platter 2014 

Tasting Notes

The nose entices with its perfume and a garrigue character of Cape fynbos, rosemary, lavender and thyme with spicy notes of nutmeg, cloves and star anise. Intense brooding blackberry fruit, graphite and a streak of minerality add to the complexity of the nose. The palate is dominated by blueberry, mulberry, brambles, dark cherries, liquorice and the aniseed and other spices following through from the nose. The palate is complex and textured with fine grained silky tannins balancing the dark berry fruit. Blue- and blackberries dominate the smooth finish with hints of dark chocolate.


Ageing Potential

7 to 10 years


Blend Information

100% Cabernet Franc

Food Suggestions

Rosemary rubbed grilled lamb chops or leg of lamb, tarragon chicken, duck breasts with cassis and raspberries, venison with blackberry sauce, flourless chocolate cake.


In The Vineyard

Soil Type: 100% Decomposed Dolomite Granite.
Age of vines: 18 - 25 years.
Trellised vines and no irrigation.

All from Stellenbosch and grown only on decomposed dolomite granite, which gives a great acidity and freshness to the wine and adds minerality to the finish.


About The Harvest

Picking Date: Individual vineyard blocks each hand-picked at perfect ripeness the last week in February till the first week in March.

Grape Sugar: 24° - 25° Balling
Acidity: 6.0 g/l
pH at Harvest: 3.45
Yield: 6 - 7t/ha


In The Cellar

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 18 months before bottling.

Fermentation Temperature: 28°C

Wood Ageing
18 months in French Vicard and Mercury oak barrels (25% new, 25% second, 25% third fill and 25% fourth fill).


Other Vintages

Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2014 Bruwer Raats & Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2013 Bruwer Raats & Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2012 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2011 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2010 Bruwer Raats Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2009 Bruwer Raats Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2008 Bruwer Raats Cabernet Franc
Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2007 Bruwer Raats Cabernet Franc

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