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2007 Raats Family Wines Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch
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89 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2009

($23; 20% aged in French oak for nine months) Full yellow. Complex, expressive aromas of almond, honey, flint, smoke, marzipan and earth. Smooth and supple in the mouth, with an almost oily ripeness giving a fat impression to this very dry wine, which comes from vines that are nearly 40 years old. Fine-grained and intriguing wine with very good volume. Use this in place of a big chardonnay, perhaps with a pork roast.

90 Points | Wine Spectator

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Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc, the most important white grape variety of the central Loire Valley, ranges in style from bone dry to medium sweet to staggeringly rich in appellations like Vouvray, Montlouis, Savennieres, and Coteaux de Layon. In all styles, expect high levels of acid that can provide tremendous amounts of balance to these wines...
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