Winemag.co.za Top 20 Wines 2017

Editor Christian Eedes selects his 20 most memorable wines of the year. 20. Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2016 While many producers are inclined to treat Sauvginon Blanc as no more than a cash cow, Klein Constantia’s Matt Day approaches the variety with both rigour and enthusiasm. The result is a number of striking examples, […]

December 4, 2017
by Christian
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Top five wines of August 2017

Here are our five most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Raats Eden Cabernet Franc 2015 – 97 (read original review here) Sadie Family Wines The Old Vine Series Skurfberg 2016 – 96 (read original review here) B Vintners Haarlem to Hope 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Raats Eden Chenin Blanc 2015 […]

September 1, 2017
by Christian
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Eden High Density Single Vineyard new releases

When Bruwer Raats set about establishing 0.2ha of Cabernet Franc and 0.6ha of Chenin Blanc on his Polkadraai property during the mid-2000s, his point of departure was “quality by design” which saw him undertake the most rigorous soil preparation, careful selection of clones and high density plantings (1 x 1.2m – the equivalent of 8 […]

August 30, 2017
by Christian
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Raats new releases

If you’re looking for vinous showboating, then Bruwer Raats and cousin Gavin Slabbert are probably not your men. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for wines of complexity and balance that don’t play to a  particular audience one way or the other, then look no further than Raats Family Wines. Tasting notes and ratings […]

August 15, 2017
by Christian
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Raats Cabernet Franc 2014

Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines comments that 2014 was a cooler vintage facilitating longer hang-time and this has resulted in his Cabernet Franc from that year looking particularly statuesque. From two Stellenbosch vineyards, one in Polkadraai and the other on the Simonsberg, the wine was matured for 18 months in French oak, 25% each […]

November 17, 2016
by Christian
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Raats Original Unwooded Chenin Blanc 2015

My latest preoccupation is finding great examples of unwooded Chenin Blanc and Bruwer Raats has made a very good example in the case of his Original 2015, grapes from Stellenbosch vineyards planted on both granite and sandstone with an average age of 35 years. On the nose, a fynbos top note plus just a hint […]

July 29, 2016
by Christian
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Raats Cabernet Franc 2013

Cabernet Franc is known for its fragrance and the 2013 from Raats Family Wines is particularly so with a definite leafiness to go with red and black fruit plus attractive oak-derived notes, the wine having been matured for 18 months in French oak, 25% new. The palate meanwhile displays pure fruit, fresh acidity and fine […]

April 14, 2016
by Christian
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Winemag.co.za Top 20 Wines 2014

Editor Christian Eedes selects the most exciting wines he’s reviewed this year. WINE OF THE YEAR: Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2013 From ungrafted Chenin Blanc vines, the most profound modern-era South African wine yet. Read original review here. – – – A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2011 Adi Badenhort’s cultivated eccentricity possibly gets in the […]

December 8, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 2 Comments
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