Raats Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2009

Chenin Blanc from South Africa
Review Date : 07-Aug-2013
Bright straw-yellow colour. The bouquet is initially shy, but opens up with breadth, revealing aromas of white and yellow stonefruits and honey. Dryish to taste, the flavours of stonefruits and honeysuckle are subtle and restrained, growing gently in intensity and depth. This has good weight and mouthfeel, the textures rounded with good richness. Some unctuousness shows, but is well balanced by the acidity and underlying phenolics. The palate flows smoothly to a rich finish, with a hint of secondary savouriness adding interest. Drinking well now and over the next 4+ years. Stellenbosch fruit from 40 y.o. vines, fermented with 20% in 300 L French oak to 14.0% alc. and 2.42 g/L RS, the wine aged 9 months separately with a further 7 months on lees after blending. 18.0+/20 Aug 2013 RRP $48.00

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