Raats,

Jasper

Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Merlot,Petit Verdot,
Stellenbosch,South Africa,
2020
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  • Greg Sherwood: 94
  • Tim Atkin: 93

£25.49

Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

Bruwer Raats is a gentle giant of a man and his reputation is starting to match his stature. His mastery of chenin blanc and cabernet franc is bringing him praise from around the world as “the most exciting and forward thinking winemaker” in Stellenbosch.

As part of the new wave of South African winemakers, Bruwer crafts soil specific wines that embody the unique characteristics of the region. With hand harvesting, whole bunch pressing and using natural fermentation without fining or filtering it helps him create wines that are world class.

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In The Cellar
Grapes were hand sorted three times, crushed and left to cold soak on the skins for five days. After fermentation the grapes were basket pressed and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then aged for 16 months prior to bottling. Fermentation Temperature: 28°C. 16 months in French tight grain oak barrels (20% second, 30% third fill and 50% fourth fill).

In The Vineyard
From trellissed and bush vines averaging 21 - 28 years old grown on 100% decomposed dolomite granite soils.
The crisp, fresh, chiselled 2020 Jasper is a blend of 44% Cabernet Franc, 25% Malbec, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. Beautifully complex and classical with intricate aromatic layers of violets, earthy black currant, tilled earth, sweet cedar, crushed raspberries, herbal tea and sappy black fruits. The palate texture shows a wonderful harmony, finesse and soft touch elegance that is framed by fresh juicy red berry acids and incredibly silky soft supple tannins. There is a certain accessibility and tenderness to the wine that really helps showcase the overall harmonious balance. Very classy and accomplished with a truly racy mouth-watering freshness on the finish. If your budget doesn’t quite extend to the MR de Compostella 2020, your cellar will be more than thrilled to be stocked with a few cases of this delicious Stellenbosch red Cape Bordeaux blend.
Alcohol:14%