Raats Cabernet Franc 2011
By Christian Eedes, 10 April 2014
True elegance is rare when it comes to South African reds but the Cabernet Franc 2011 from Raats Family Wines (R350 a bottle) pulls this off in emphatic fashion.
Grapes from granite-soil vineyards in Stellenbosch for extra freshness, the wine matured for 18 months in French oak, 25% new.
Red currant and cherry, dried herbs, subtle oak spice. Weightless intensity, lovely bright acidity and tannins which are paradoxically super-fine but also provide plenty of grip. Carefully conceived and precisely executed – hats off, Mr Raats.