Cabernet Franc happens to be one of my favorite grapes. Unfortunately, good Cab Franc is rarely cheap, and cheap Cab Franc is rarely good. Somehow, Raats seem to have both of these bases covered. South Africa might be onto something here.
Raats winery are big proponents of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Now, maybe I’m missing something, but when I think Cabernet Franc, South Africa doesn’t exactly immediately spring to mind. Maybe I just need to get out more. I’d be interested in seeing if South Africa can make a go of it over the long haul.
Grapes are sourced from vineyards in Stellenbosch. I’ve noticed this region has really started to dominate the South African “fine wine” market in the last couple of years, and as a wine drinker it’s a good time to explore the region, since the wines are still affordable…for now.
No, in-case you were wondering, I don’t know the correct way to pronounce the name of this winery. I’ve just been saying “Rats,” but that doesn’t seem right. Pronunciation was never one of my strong points….
Good juice, just needs time to open…like…a few days. I don’t think it will be everyone’s cup of tea; but if you’re a fan of Cab Franc, you’re gonna love this!
Heavy dark fruit, blackcurrant, coffee, eucalyptus, a good chunk of acidity and a long finish. Quite blatantly Cabernet Franc, due to the dominant green bell pepper and vegetal aromas. There’s a lot going-on in the glass; and like I said, either be prepared to decant, or lay it down for a year or three.
Whilst Writing this Review I was also…
Watching the Saturday Night Live “Women of SNL” rerun.
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