2013 Raats "Old Vine" Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch

SKU #1255387 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Old Vine Chenin Blanc comes from three vineyards between sandstone and granite soils, the former lending the weight and the latter, the freshness. It is raised 30% in oak and 70% in stainless steel for nine months. It has a tightly wound nose at first, with subtle quince and yellow flower, Mirabelle scents that take time to unfurl. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, rounded and voluminous on the entry and then curving in from both sides on the pretty, white peach and Mirin tinged finish. This is very classy. (NM)  (10/2014)

90 points Vinous

 (from vines more than 40 years of age; the portion of this wine from granite soil was made in stainless steel while the sandstone part was fermented in French oak barrels, 20% of which were new): Pale, bright yellow-gold. Wild herbs, pineapple and brown spices on the nose, plus a whiff of stone. Very rich and pliant but fresh, conveying a subtle sweetness to its complex flavors of pineapple, lemongrass, ginger and toast. Finishes persistent and lively, with good length and a light touch. (ST)  (6/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Well balanced and rather reticent at the moment. Waiting for bottle development, this dry wine grows on the finish. All tucked in.  (1/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Well-focused, with a touch of brioche underscoring the pretty yellow apple and green melon flavors. A flash of heather shows on the finish. Very tasty. (Web-2015)

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5