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2008 Raats Family Wines Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch
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90(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2011

Medium yellow.  Ripe, musky aromas of honey, wildflowers, butterscotch candy and ginger.  Then surprisingly dry and youthful on the silky palate, with a rather laid-back texture and excellent depth.  Finishes tactile and long, with intriguing stone fruit flavors.  This would still benefit from a year or so of additional aging. Three-quarters of this wine (the portion from granite soil) was done entirely in stainless steel, while the 25% from sandstone soil was fermented and aged in 300-liter French oak, 20% of which was new.

89 Points | Wine Spectator

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South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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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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