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2015 Raats Family South African (Red Blend) "Red Jasper"

Raats 2015 Red Jasper

Winery: Raats Family

Vintage: 2015

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Red Jasper"

Wine Category: South African (Red Blend)

Grape blend: 48% Cabernet Franc, 36% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot & 2% Petit Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Stellenbosch

State or country: South Africa

Price: $20

Cases produced: 1,700

KWG Score: 92.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: March 21, 2018

Wine Review: This opaque and dark ruby colored Cab Franc based blend from South Africa opens with a red currant and strawberry rhubarb bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is a mineral infused red plum with notes of cedar and red currant. I also detected hints of raspberry tea. The finish is dry and its mild tannins fade away nicely. This wine is food friendly and would pair well with a pork tenderloin with a fig and port sauce. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Red Jasper is a tribute to Bruwer's late father, Jasper, who was one of Raats' founders and the viticulturist for nine years. This complex Cabernet Franc-driven Bordeaux blend shows blackberry and black cherry on the nose, along with the perfume and violets one would expect from a Cabernet Franc based wine. The palate offers luscious brambly berry fruit intertwined with hints of tobacco, anise and dark chocolate. Silky tannins caress the palate, and a lovely minerality shines through on the long, supple finish.

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