2005 Raats Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 73+ Points
Discreet, austere, unreveilling, shy fruit, crisp, dry. Granny Smith freshness on palate, uncomplex, on the green side.
So many restaurateurs and some Sommeliers friends in South Africa raved about the Raats Chenin Blanc, either the unwooded or lightly wooded version, however after 6 years in South Africa I can honestly say it does not sell on a wine lists.
I've had the priviledge to known Bruwer Raats as part of the Rodwell House tasting club,great personality and friend, but I am afraid to say his Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc are extremely hard sell on a wine lists in South Africa, it has achieved high score through Wine Spectator over the last 4 years, but the impact through the South African clientele has been pretty dismal,hence the difficulty to even moved 12 bottles over 12 month........