91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"On the nose of the 2019 Original Chenin Blanc, peach skin, pineapple and honeysuckle all pop out of the glass with precision, followed by wet stone and fresh lemon pith. There is no oak to speak of on the palate. The medium-bodied wine shows its freshness in the mouth along with additional flavors of banana peel and pear slices across the mid-palate. It's a beautiful wine that shows precision, mineral tension and fresh fruit flavors, ending with a lingering finish that delivers pleasure to the drinker. This wine is delicious and is also a great value. Bravo!"
90 points Vinous
"The 2019 Original Chenin Blanc comes from two soil types: decomposed granite and sandstone, with six months’ aging on the lees. The lively, outgoing bouquet features bold lemon curd, damp straw and mango aromas. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry with notes of lime and orange zest, leading to a vibrant, zesty finish. Delicious."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Jancis Robinson - Previous Vintage Review
"Fresh (?) from editing and publishing notes on nearly 50 notable Cape wines, I’, in a South African mood. Some of the most individual and exciting wines I tasted at the vast generic tasting of South African wines held in London in October were made by Bruwer Raats, who had already impressed me on my last trip to South Africa’s winelands in 2003 (see my very long and detailed report). He specialises in the country’s most common grape Chenin and in a particularly bold Cabernet Franc, having worked initially at Delaire and followed that with consultancy for the no-expense-spared Zorgvliet.
Wines are grown and made block by block (contracted not owned) before blending and seem to me to have real integrity, though pretty reasonable prices, like most South African wines. Jasper Raats is viticulturist by the way. The Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2004 is drinking beautifully now. Its full, opulent nose followed by a surprisingly tight palate constructed from four different blocks which bring calcareous, granitic, quartz and decomposed Table Mountain sandstone elements to the party. I’d enjoy this wine any time over the next 12 to 18 months.
I would keep the riper (14.6 rather than 13.5 per cent alcohol) Raats Chenin Blanc 2004 from a single clay-rich block which is even richer than the Original bottling for a further year or so..."
Vegan. Tasting Notes: The wine has a distinctive yellow apple and pineapple core, alongside notes of green melon and limes. The wine is bursting with fresh fruit flavours ending with zesty citrus flavours, and has a long mineral finish. A very clean and satisfying hand-picked Chenin Blanc that's a versatile wine for food pairing. Food Matching: An easy to pair wine since it has a wide flavour profile, but we especially recommend it with curry or similar spicy dishes as well as sushi and oysters.