Wine of the Week – Raats Red Jasper 2010

Red Jasper is named for one of the founders of Raats Family Wines, Jasper. Sr., and celebrates his cultivation of quality grapes and particularly Cabernet Franc, which he loves and which the winery made a specialty with Chenin Blanc. The wines have been described as “gemstones” of the Stellenbosch region.
Raats, Sr. continues, working with his sons Brouwer and Jasper. This year for the first time, it was selected one of the wineries awarded a five star rating by South Africa’s Platter’s South African Wines 2013. It was among only 11 wineries to win that accolade.
The 2010 vintage is made with 80 percent Cabernet Franc, 7.5 percent Petit Verdot, 7.5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and five percent Malbec. The vintage received 90 points from the Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth in the July, 2013 issue.
Grown in soil described as 100 percent decomposed Dolomite Granite, the grapes are from 18-25-year-old vines, trellised, with no irrigation.
Like its South African wine-making contemporaries, Raats focuses on quality and value. Red Jasper exemplifies that approach. In the U.S., it is imported by Cape Classics.

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