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Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2011
Technical Analysis
: Bruwer Raats
Main Variety : Cabernet Franc
Alcohol : 14.0 %vol
pH : 3.54
RS : 2.3 g/l
Total Acid : 5.6 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Type : Red
Style : Dry

  • 2014 John Platter - 4 Stars
  • Scored 90 points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate (October 2013).
  • Scored 16 by Jancis Robinson - Wholewheat wines from the Cape (July 2013).
  • Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2013
  • Tasting Notes
    Individually crafted from unique vineyard parcels, Dolomite wines express great purity of fruit and balanced elegance. Displays succulent red fruits coupled with a beautifully smoky, mineral quality. Supple, extremely moreish and a great example of this much under-rated variety.
    Ageing Potential
    3 - 5 years (2014 - 2016) or longer with proper storage.
    Blend Information
    95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec
    Food Suggestions
    Pork Loin with plum and Armagnac sauce. Game bird with red wine sauce. Any Springbok, Ostrich or Kudu. Beef Fillet.
    In The Vineyard
    Soil Type: 100% Decomposed Dolomite Granite.
    Age of vines: 18 - 25 years.
    Trellised and Bush Vines.
    No irrigation.

    The fruit comes from Stellenbosch and grown only on decomposed dolomite granite, which gives a great acidity and freshness to the wine and adds minerality to the finish.
    About The Harvest
    Picking Date: Individual vineyard blocks each hand-picked at perfect ripeness the last week in February till the first week in March.

    Grape Sugar: 24° - 25° Balling
    Acidity: 6.0 g/l
    pH at Harvest: 3.45
    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 are basket pressed and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and then aged for 12 to 14 months before bottling. Neither fined nor filtered.

    Fermentation Temperature: 28° C

    Wood Ageing
    12 to 14 months in French Vicard and Mercury oak barrels (50% third fill and 50% fourth fill).

    Other Vintages
    Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2014 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Cabernet Franc
    Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2013 Bruwer Raats / Gavin Bruwer Slabbert Cabernet Franc
    Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2012 Bruwer Raats Cabernet Franc
    Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2011 Bruwer Raats Cabernet Franc
    Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2010 Bruwer Raats Cabernet Franc

    Tel: +27.218813078   Fax: +27.866478500   Email:  
    P.O. Box 2068, Stellenbosch, 7601, South Africa
    Vlaeberg Road, Polkadraai, Stellenbosch

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