Old Vine

Chenin Blanc,
Stellenbosch,South Africa,
  • Tim Atkin: 92


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.

In The Cellar
50% of the wine was fermented and matured in 300 litre French oak barrels to accentuate the soft, luscious flavours; 50% fermented in stainless steel to contribute a crisp acidity and bright citrus flavours. After 11 months, the two components are blended together and left on the lees for a further 2 months before bottling. Fermentation temperature: 18-22°C.

In The Vineyard
Soil specific wine from both vertical hedge and bush vines. From three specific vineyards in Stellenbosch. Average age of 45 years or older. Soil from natural combination of decomposed Dolomite granite and Table Mountain sandstone.
"Three Stellenbosch vineyards on decomposed granite and Table Mountain sandstone supply the raw material for this reliably impressive Chenin Blanc from Bruwer Raats and Gavin Bruwer. Marrying wood, concrete egg and stainless steel components, it has engaging flavours of pear, peach and nectarine with underlying grip and tension. 2023-27" - Tim Atkin MW.