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Jasper Raats Single Vineyard Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc 2015


Jasper Raats worked extensively with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir during a seven-year stint in New Zealand so his local renditions of these two varieties  make for interesting reference points.  Tasting notes and ratings for current releases as follows:

Jasper Raats Signature Wines Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Sauvignon Blanc for people who don’t drink Sauvignon Blanc.

Jasper Raats Single Vineyard Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Price: R180
From a Helderberg vineyard farmed according to biodynamics. Fermented and matured for 12 months in old 300-litre barrels. The nose is initially neutral but reveals some blackcurrant and a certain leafiness upon closer scrutiny. The palate meanwhile has impressive weight and texture, the acidity none too sharp, the finish savoury. A smart, edgy take on the variety.

Editor’s rating: 93/100.

Jasper Raats Single Vineyard Cuvée Rika Pinot Noir 2014
Price: R240
From a Elgin vineyard. Matured for 11 months in French oak, 13% new. Some rose petal perfume, red cherry and spice on the nose while the palate is light bodied and fresh. A pleasing restraint about it.

Editor’s rating: 90/100.

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