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2017 Raats Family South African (Red Blend) "Red Jasper"

Raats 2017 Red Jasper

Winery: Raats Family

Vintage: 2017

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Red Jasper"

Wine Category: South African (Red Blend)

Grape blend: 53% Cabernet Franc, 36% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon & 3% Petit Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Stellenbosch

State or country: South Africa

Price: $25

Cases produced: 2,291

KWG Score: 90 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: March 6, 2021

Wine Review: This slightly cloudy and medium ruby colored Cabernet Franc based wine from South Africa opens with a red raspberry and strawberry jam bouquet with notes of moist pipe tobacco, wet gravel, smoked meat and violets in the background. On the palate, this wine is medium plus bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is graphite influenced red plum with notes of dried herbs, black currant and oolong tea. There were also hints of strawberry licorice and oak in the background. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins, some heat and the graphite minerality flavors linger and last for quite a while. This good value wine from South Africa will pair well with steak fajitas or teriyaki beef. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Intense and multifaceted on the nose with blackberry, black cherry and bramble in abundance and subtle hints of forest floor, dark chocolate, aniseed 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. Complex and structured.

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