The 2015 is a true gem: exceptionally intense and complex on the nose with blackberry, black cherry and bramble in abundance and subtle hints of forest floor, dark chocolate, aniseed and spicy tobacco. The walk in the Black Forest continues with blue –and blackberry dancing on a tight rope with focus and concentration, following through onto a perfectly balanced, fine-grained, velvety palate. The finish lingers with hints of fresh mint, cinnamon and perfume. Complex and structured, a true iron fist in a silky glove.
This wine will pair well with roast beef, beef carbonnade, plainly grilled, lazy-aged sirloin or rib-eye, ostrich and venison dishes.
Blend: 48% Cabernet Franc, 36% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It has an elegant bouquet with a light marine influence infusing the blackberry and boysenberry fruit, hints of green bell pepper and peat. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, well balanced and perhaps a little more broad shouldered than the other 2015s from Raats, yet with great persistence and freshness on the Loire-like finish. Apparently this has been an enormous success in the United States and I can understated why.