Bags of smoky blackberries and hints of leather on the nose in Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2015. This draws you in to savour the succulent, spicy black fruit flavours coupled with good structure and length; very moreish, fresh and full-bodied at the same time! The follow on vintage is equally excellent.
This is a terrific example of Cabernet Franc with a tiny addition of Malbec. The result is a like a succulent Loire or even a Bordeaux red, that is stylish, rich but elegant and above all approachable, with a nice balance of fruit and integrated tannins.
Bruwer Raats just loves the underated Cabernet Franc grape, and has made it his mission to bring out the best from his 18 – 25 year-old-vines grown in dolomite granite soils of Stellenbosch. The grapes for this wine are hand-picked and hand-selected.
“Two sites on granite supply the grapes for this elegant, oral, easy-going Cabernet Franc, aged in older wood to allow the fruit to sing. Pure and very true to the variety, with violet and green herb notes and crunchy, black cherry fruit. Drinking 2017-21”: 92 Points: Tim Atkin MW Special Report South Africa 2017.
In his Special Reports on South African Wines in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Tim Atkin MW classified the top wineries into groups, placing Raats as a Second Growth. This wine is terrific value.
Retails in a few Independent wine merchants £11.50 – £13.99.
Food match: A perfect match with game and beef, it will also be a good wine to drink with casseroles and spicy meatballs.