Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2004

The reason why we call this wine Original Chenin is because often the natural fruit flavours in wine are dominated by overoaking. Therefore we returned to the ORIGINAL fruit flavours of the Chenin grape and you will find uninhibited pineapple, golden delicious apple and citrus flavours in this wine.

We especially recommend this wine to compliment Cape Malay Curry or similar spicy dishes and sushi with wasabi.

variety : Chenin Blanc | 100% Chenin Blanc
winemaker : Bruwer Raats
wine of origin : Coastal Region
analysis : alc : 13.5 % vol  rs : 2.2 g/l  pH : 3.40  ta : 5.9 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
  • John Platter (2005) - 4 Star
  • International Wine Challenge (2005) - Bronze
  • Veritas (2005) - Bronze
  • US Wine Spectator Aug/Sep (2005) - 89/100
  • ageing : Can be enjoyed now and will mature well over the next 2-5 years, if stored correctly.

    in the vineyard : Situation: North east and east facing slopes
    Altitude: 250m
    Distance from sea: Approximately 5-10km
    Soil Type: Hutton - decomposed granite
    Rootstock: R99 and 101-14 MGT
    Age of vines: 17 years and older
    Trellising: Bush vine and vertical hedge
    Pruning: Cordon
    Irrigation: Some vineyards

    about the harvest: Picking date: End of February 2004 till the second week in March 2004

    in the cellar : Fermentation Temp: 12-14 degrees Celsius
    Yeast: Vin 13 and L3079
    Description: The juice was settled for 2-3 days, where after it was inoculated with the above yeast. The wine was left on the fine lees in tank for 6 months, before bottling.
    Malolactic fermentation: None
    Wood aging: None
    Bottled: August 2004
    Production: 2000 x 12

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