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2016 Raats Family South African (Red Blend) "Red Jasper"

Raats 2016 Red Jasper

Winery: Raats Family

Vintage: 2016

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Red Jasper"

Wine Category: South African (Red Blend)

Grape blend: 60% Cabernet Franc, 31% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot & 2% Merlot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Stellenbosch

State or country: South Africa

Price: $25

Cases produced: 1,000

KWG Score: 90.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: July 15, 2019

Wine Review: This ruby colored Cabernet Franc based wine from South Africa is very good. It opens with new leather and black cherry like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a cedar plank influenced red plum with notes of red currant and minerality. The finish is dry and its moderate dusty tannins build up and linger for quite a while. This wine would pair very nicely with a juicy Kobe slider. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Jasper is a tribute to Bruwer's late father who was one of Raats' founders and the viticulturist for nine years. This complex Cabernet Franc-driven Bordeaux blend displays intense and multifaceted aromas on the nose with blackberry, black cherry and bramble in abundance along with subtle hints of forest floor, and spicy tobacco. The walk in the Black Forest continues with blue and blackberry dancing on a tight rope with focus and concentration, following through onto a perfectly balanced, fine grained, velvety palate. The finish lingers with hints of fresh mint, cinnamon and perfume.

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