Back in the mid-2000s, Bruwer Raats started meticulously planting 2 very special vineyards on his Polkadraai property. Bruwer, ever the pioneer, planted 0,8ha of high density Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc by carefully selecting individual clones and staking them in the specially prepared decomposed granite dolomite soil.
‘When it comes to the Loire varieties of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc,’ said Greg Sherwood MW, ‘no one in South Africa delivers quite like Bruwer Raats.’ And leaving nothing to chance with his Eden project, Bruwer’s wines are considered ‘among the very best to have emerged in the modern era of the South African wine industry’ by Christian Eedes in his latest review.
With that said, these rare and limited 2015s, produced in one of the ‘greatest vintages of all time’, are definitely worth hunting down!
Raats, Eden High Density Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2015 – R 655
‘Matured for 10 months in three 300-litre barrels, one new, one third-fill and one fourth-fill. Top notes of fresh herbs, hay and spice before pear, peach and some leesy complexity. The palate shows astonishing fruit concentration, a lovely line of acidity and a pithy finish. Layers of flavour and great composure. That much more precise than 2014.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 95/100
Raats, Eden High Density Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2015 – R 1,695
‘5% whole bunch fermentation. Matured for 8 months in new oak before a further 10 months in old oak. The nose is mesmerizing with notes of red and black fruit, a perfume which goes beyond floral and is almost musky, a fleeting note of mint, pencil shavings, earth and oyster shell. The palate shows incredible depth and length without being weighty and there is a real sucrosity to the fruit which is to say a sense of purity and juiciness rather than the presence of residual sugar. Masterful.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 97/100