Raats ‘Triumph Dolomite’

Big shout out for this lovely example of what Cabernet Franc is all about, from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. The Dolomite is made by the Raats family who specialise on two varieties of grape notably Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc.

Sat around the dinner table those who tried it expressed their delight in tasting a wine that was just a joy to drink with its purity of fruit, and its slightly perfumed, smokey character but more about this in the review section below. I actually commented that this was ‘Triumph Dolomite’ (cringe !) sorry, maybe only British readers will understand that.

Triumph Dolomite 1975

The Raats family run winery as I mentioned earlier concentrate on the two varieties and are regarded as leaders even pioneers in making world class Cabernet Franc along with Chenin Blanc. The Dolomite is their entry level red.

Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2018

Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2018

Like a lot of reds I drink I chilled this slightly (20 minutes or so). Made predominantly from Cabernet Franc 95% with Malbec making up the last 5%.

Very light in the glass with aromas of blackberries and raspberries, there’s lot of smokiness going on with some earthy undertones. On tasting it it’s bright and fresh almost perfumed and somewhat flowery. Fruit dominates and a hint of peppery spice follows, tannins are there noticeable but balanced. Finishing slightly tart and zesty but in a good way this really was impressive for an entry level wine.

Loved by all who tasted it and a definite repeat buy, great value for money for a pretty decent wine.

Raats Dolomite Cellar Door Wines £11.95

My Cork Rating
My rating 9/10 Corks
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2 thoughts on “Raats ‘Triumph Dolomite’

  1. Is it just me – but £11.95 for an “entry point” wine seems on the high side – when compared to £9.95 for the Bordeaux sat the back of the picture, which is excellent.

    1. Hi Tim, I agree the Bordeaux is excellent value and I also agree that £11.95 is still a little steep for entry level wine (I’d love it to be cheaper) but this Cabernet Franc is very good and from a good producer who specialises and understands Cabernet Franc.
      I for one would happily buy it again and keep for a special occasion, it’s worth it.

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