Raats Old Chenin Blanc 2014
The wine offers a complex nose showing quince, white peach, yellow apple, acacia, nettles, white pepper and fenugreek spices and an intense minerality. The stone fruit character follows through onto an exceptionally balanced, very delicate, fine textured limey palate showing a peach-melbacharacter with an exquisite roundness and freshness. The wine lingers with hints of ripe nectarine and apricot, zesty lemon and wet chalk.
5 – 8 years.
100% Chenin Blanc.
Enjoy with rich creamy mussels, smoked salmon, white fish with a beurre blanc sauce, butternut squash soup, mild Indian curries and Tandoori chicken, Wiener schnitzel and the Christmas Turkey.
In The Vineyard:
Soil specific grapes vineyards being both vertical hedge as well as bush vines. Grapes are sourced from three vineyards in Stellenbosch. Average age of the vineyard is 40 years and older. Soil from natural combination of Decomposed Dolomite Granite and Table Mountain Sandstone.
About The Harvest:
Yield: 6 – 8 ton/ha
Balling: 22° – 24.5º Balling
In The Cellar:
50% of the wine was fermented and matured in 300 litre French oak barrels to accentuate the soft, luscious flavours; 50% fermented in stainless steel to contribute a crisp acidity and bright citrus flavours. After 9 months, the two components are blended together and left on the lees for a further 2 months before bottling. Fermentation temperature: 18° – 22° C.
Main Variety: Chenin Blanc. Alcohol: 13.5 %vol. pH: 3.47. RS: 2.1 g/l. Total Acid: 6.00 g/l. Volatile Acidity: 0.50 g/l. Appellation: Stellenbosch