Bags of smoky blackberries, dark cherries and hints of leather on the nose in Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc. 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!
This is a terrific example of Cabernet Franc with a small addition of Malbec. The result is a like a succulent Loire, or even a light Bordeaux, that is stylish, rich but elegant and above all approachable, with a nice balance of fruit, integrated tannins and a velvet, smooth finish.
Bruwer Raats just loves the underated Cabernet Franc grape, and has made it his mission to bring out the best from his 20 – 30 year-old-vines grown in dolomite granite soils of Stellenbosch. The grapes for this wine are hand-picked and hand-sorted, and after fermentation this wine went through a malolactic fermentation in stainless steel before being aged in French oak barriques for 14 months.
“Produced in the driest vintage for 50 years, which lowered the crop by 35%, this stylish scented Cabernet Franc wouldn’t look out of place in Saumur-Champigny in the Loire Valley. Perfumed, intense and deeply coloured, with subtle wood and classic capiscum and green herb characters. 91 Points. Drink 2021 – 26. Tim Atkin MW Special Report South Africa 2020 (2018 Vintage)
“Dolomite is the cheapest red in the Raats’ range and is intended to be a “pure expression of Cabernet Franc”, according to Bruwer Raats. Sourced from three sites and blended with 5% Malbec, it’s grassy, juicy and oral with some tannic backbone.” 90 Points: Drink 2020-24 Tim Atkin MW Special Report South Africa 2019
“The idea behind this wine is to make a “very pure expression of Cabernet Franc” according to Bruwer Raats. Light and leafy, in the style of a St Nicolas de Bourgeuil, its a tangy, refreshing introduction to the joys of the variety”. 90 Points; Drink 2018 – 2023. Tim Atkin MW Special Report South Africa 2018.
In his Special Reports on South African Wines from 2014 through to 2020 Tim Atkin MW classified the top wineries into groups, placing Raats as a Second Growth. This wine is terrific value and of a consistent, high standard.
Retails in a few Independent wine merchants £13 – £13.99.
Food match: A perfect match with game, beef and pork, it will also be a good wine to drink with casseroles, roasts and spicy meatballs and full-flavoured vegetarian dishes.