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Wine of the Week – Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2017

This wine, says Bruwer Raats, the winemaker, celebrates its varietal and was crafted minus oak to preserve its original freshness and flavours. “It reflects the lifelong passion our family has for Chenin and pairs effortlessly with a variety of foods.” He particularly likes it with spicy prawn dishes, calamari, sushi and oysters, he observes. The winery is located in Stellenbosch, South Africa and is owned by Raats Family Wines.

We enjoy it with foods and all by itself, especially on a hot summer afternoon when its a welcome and delicious refresher. Visit http://www.capeclassics.com for more information.




Wine(s) of the Week – Summer whites

Lindeman’s Bin 65 Chardonnay 2015

This wine, from Lindeman’s in Southeastern Australia, is part of the winery’s Bin Series which today, consists of 17 wines. Fresh and easy-drinking, it’s a good example of founder Henry Lindeman’s theory that both life and wine were meant to be enjoyed.

As summer approaches, this fruity and approachable offering offers peach, fig and rock melon hints along with toasty oak. It’s medium bodied with a crisp finish and works well with seafood dishes.

Topiary Chardonnay 2015

From Franschhoek, South Africa comes this lovely Chardonnay, produced by Topiary in a state-of-the-art winery with long roots. French Huguenot settlers fleeing persecution came here in 1688. A very long time afterwards, Philippe Colin and business partner, Serge Jaczynski, purchased Topiary in 2014, bringing four generations of Burgundian winemaking with him. The wine, which is 14 percent ABV, is rich with good minerality and citrus notes (lemon and lime along with jasmine and honeysuckle notes) and has received wide acclaim.

The vines are ll years old and 2015 saw a good vintage and early harvest. Imported by Cape Classics, it’s well balanced and makes a great addition to late Spring/Summer wine by the glass lists.

Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2014

“Original” Raats Family Wines celebrate Chenin Blanc “at its most natural,” the winery declares, and is crafted with no  oak to preserve its flavors, says winemaker Bruwer Raats whose family has had a lifelong passion for Chenin. The vines are anywhere from 15 to 67 years old, and the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks. This Chenin offers apple and pineapple notes as well as green melon and line, and has crispness and excellent minerality. Legend has it that members of the family brought Chenin vines to South Africa from the Loire Valley in France many years ago.

Raats specializes in Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. The 2015 Original Chenin received a rating of 90 points from Wine Spectator in late 2016. It is imported by Cape Classics.

Wine of the Week – Raats Red Jasper 2010

Red Jasper is named for one of the founders of Raats Family Wines, Jasper. Sr., and celebrates his cultivation of quality grapes and particularly Cabernet Franc, which he loves and which the winery made a specialty with Chenin Blanc. The wines have been described as “gemstones” of the Stellenbosch region.
Raats, Sr. continues, working with his sons Brouwer and Jasper. This year for the first time, it was selected one of the wineries awarded a five star rating by South Africa’s Platter’s South African Wines 2013. It was among only 11 wineries to win that accolade.
The 2010 vintage is made with 80 percent Cabernet Franc, 7.5 percent Petit Verdot, 7.5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and five percent Malbec. The vintage received 90 points from the Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth in the July, 2013 issue.
Grown in soil described as 100 percent decomposed Dolomite Granite, the grapes are from 18-25-year-old vines, trellised, with no irrigation.
Like its South African wine-making contemporaries, Raats focuses on quality and value. Red Jasper exemplifies that approach. In the U.S., it is imported by Cape Classics.