We admit South African wines are among our favorites. Bruwer Raats was called “the most exciting and forward thinking winemaker in Stellenbosch, winning 86 points from Neal Martin (Wine Spectator) and many accolades and honors.
We loved the 2013 Chenin Blanc with its fruity notes of melon, apple, pineapple and lime and great minerality. The 35 year-old vines produce grapes, and subsequently wines that are both powerful and elegant. This unwooded offering’s fruitiness is attributed to one of two types of soils, one with decomposed granite and a second, responsible for its minerality, from the sandstone. The wines are produced without wood (oak) aging, celebrating Chenin in its natural state, says Raats, who celebrates its “vibrant freshness” and flavors. Go to www.raats.co.za or www.pasternakwine.com.