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Raats Original Chenin Blanc

As I mentioned in my last review, I’ve become a fan of chenin blanc over the past year.  Particularly those from South Africa.

This one comes from Raats Family Wines in Stellenbosch — a producer I recently praised for their super-tasty Red Jasper cabernet franc blend.  In that review I mentioned that Raats specializes in two types of wine, cabernet franc and chenin blanc.

The Raats Original Chenin Blanc is an unoaked style, but they also produce an Old Vine Chenin Blanc that has some oak ageing.

Powerful perfume aromatics make this wine stand out.  It also shows tropical fruit, apples and hay aromas.  The palate has a slightly creamy mouthfeel and offers melon and apple flavors, with a touch of bitterness.  The fruit is a little restrained.  Salty mineral flavors come into the mid palate and linger on the finish.  This is a good chenin blanc, although the aromas deliver more than the flavors.

Wine: Raats Original Chenin Blanc
Variety: Chenin blanc
Vintage: 2011
Alcohol: 13%
Rating: 85
Price: $12.00
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.

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Tim is the founder and chief reviewer at Cheap Wine Ratings since 2007.

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