2005 Raka "Quinary" Bordeaux Blend Western Cape

SKU #1049964

This is the first time for this wine to come to the United States and to our shelfs. Made with the classic blend of Bordeaux varietals, the wine is comprised of 54% cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec and 4% Petite Verdot. This wine reminds me of "old school" Napa Cabernet with dusty tannins cloaking a core of black cherry, violets, cedar and a hint of flat cola. There is fine balance and length to this fine offering from South Africa that carries a five-star rating from The Platter Guide, which is the top source in South Africa for ranking wines and wineries. Jim Chanteloup K&L South African Wine Buyer. 91 points The Wine Enthusiast: "This evolving Bordeaux blend offers beautiful aromas of blackberry, anise and spice, followed by a full, complex mouth of tobacco, cedar, black fruit and spice. Lingering finish. Pair with grilled lamb, or a beef filet."

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By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/23/2009  | Send Email
Here is a stylish and well-priced Bordeaux blend from S. Africa that shows an "old school" sensibility. This starts with aromas of tobacco, black cherry, olive and toast. The mid-palate is tight, smooth and concentrated, with a deep core of dark fruit and ripe, fine tannins. This fits somewhere between the flash of most CA wines in this price range and a traditionally made Bordeaux.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/7/2009  | Send Email
Graduating from the fruits of the sea to those of the vine has been a long, slow pulling in of the nets for Piet Dreyer, aka Pietie, the robust, salt-inflected, anecdotal, parrot-wielding, ex-squid fisherman turned landlocked proprietor of Raka Wines. Named for the black-as-pitch boat he often braved stormy waters in over 30-plus years to bring in his fresh catch, the Raka winery completed its first "land harvest" in 2002 in a new, modern gravity-fed cellar. Located in a slender valley in the newly-declared Kleinrivier appellation, Raka is blessed with a diverse range of micro-climates and soil types, a very good thing for all the red and white varieties currently under vine. The sparkling cellar is equipped with individual small fermenters to accommodate grapes from separate vineyard blocks. And the 2005 Raka Quinary is the bottled embodiment of such loving care, having spent 12 months slumbering in French oak before undergoing catch and release to our humble shores. This is a shimmering trophy of a wine, an ideal blending of fruit, fine-grained tannins, balance and finesse, as close to a young Bordeaux as I've tasted from South Africa, and well deserving of the five-star rating from the critics. Grab a bottle before they swim off the shelves!

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/15/2009  | Send Email
The 2005 Raka Quinary is an Old World-styled Bordeaux blend that shows a lot of black fruit, earthiness, smokebox and a savory herbs. It is masculine, with structured, firm tannins and medium-plus acidity that are integrated nicely in bottle. The finish is long and intense, marked by a distinctive menthol note. It could go a few more years in bottle, but is accessible now.

 By: Muksi |  Review Date: 11/8/2009 
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This is a fantastic bordeaux blend from SA, it can easily beat comparable bordeaux wines with twice the price. The wine is approachable now but will keep for another 2-5 years in my opinon. I would decant the wine for about 30 mins, but after that be prepared for an absoluetly delicious wine with lots of cassis flavour.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.