Award-winning winemaker Bruwer Raats has received international and local acclaim during his highly acclaimed career as cellar master and winemaker par excellence. After several successful stints at prestigious wine estates in the Banhoek Valley in the Cape, Bruwer established his own brand in 2000 - Raats Family Wines situated in the Ward of Polkadraai, Stellenbosch.
Raats Family Wines specializes in two varietals - Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Raats is passionate about these two single varietals and firmly believes that South African winemakers are sitting on an untapped goldmine when it comes to Chenin Blanc. Raats has received recognition from top international and local wine writers like Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate, Tim Atkin, Wine Spectator and Christian Eedes.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed directly to barrel and allowed to naturally ferment. Thereafter the wine was matured in a seasoned 300 litre French oak barrel - 11 months on gross lees - allowing for perfect integration of flavours and texture.
50% of the wine was fermented and matured in 300 litre French oak barrels to accentuate the soft, luscious flavours; 50% was fermented in stainless steel to contribute a crisp acidity and bright citrus flavours. After nine months, the two components are blended together and left on the lees for a further two months before bottling. Fermentation temperature: 18-22°C
Spontaneous whole bunch fermentation - neutral barrel for 10 months. This is from a 64-year-old vineyard that was planted together with the fi rst commercially planted block of
Pinotage in SA. When they ran out of Pinotage vines, they completed the block by planting
about 300 Cinsaut vines. Hence the name “Inboet Storie”, meaning replacement vines.