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2016 Raats Family Cabernet Franc "Stellenbosch"

Raats 2016 Cabernet Franc

Winery: Raats Family

Vintage: 2016

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Stellenbosch"

Wine Category: Cabernet Franc

Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Franc

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Stellenbosch

State or country: South Africa

Price: $42

Cases produced: 112

KWG Score: 91 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: February 18, 2020

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Cabernet Franc from South Africa opens with a cedar, Slim Jim and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, with wine is medium bodied, balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a strong mineral and oak influenced plum and black olive blend. I also detected hints of black cherry, black currant and black tea. The finish is dry and its very dusty tannins that stick around for a very long time. This wine has rustic flavors, yet a refined palate. I would decant this Cab Franc in the near term and serve it with hearty meals like shepherd's pie or beef bourguignon. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The nose entices with its perfume and a garrigue character of Cape fynbos, rosemary, lavender and thyme with spicy notes of nutmeg, cloves and star anise. Intense brooding blackberry fruit, graphite and a streak of minerality add to the complexity of the nose.

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