Bruwer Raats at our Autumn Tasting Solihull

September 07, 2012

Solihull's Autumn Tasting was a great success this week, thank you to all those involved. The feedback back we received from guests was fantastic, many of whom had never attended a Connolly's Tasting before, and some who had never been to a wine tasting at all before.  

We were delighted that the winemaker himself Bruwer Raats was available to show his wines and talk to our guests, many of whom had not had the opportunity to meet a winemaker before. I was lucky enough to have a few spare minutes to taste Brewers’ wines which were extremely well received.

Raats Original Chenin Blanc

Beautifully structured and well balanced, complex notes including apply, pineapple, melon, lime and a delicious minerality on the finish. A really lovely Chenin, living up to its reputation.

Raats Family Old Vine Chenin Blanc

Hand picked grapes from vines with an average age of over 40 years.  

20% of the wine is fermented and matured in 300 litre French Oak barrels. 80% fermented in stainless steel, then after 9 months, the two components are blended together and left on the lees for a further 7 months before bottling.

The result is a luscious, honeyed Chenin with pear, stone fruits, citrus and hints of ginger. It rich but with a lovely well balanced acidity and crisp citrus fruits that lift palate. A great Chenin with ageing potential through to around 2019.

Raats Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a limited production Cabernet that Bruwer has made specifically for UK. That begins with a touch of earthiness, giving way to pure blackcurrant fruit, then a touch of tobacco and mint. The palate was very delicately balanced, not your powerhouse fruity Cabernet, but a really elegant style.

Raats Family Cabernet Franc

This is Raats signature wine, and what a wine. I am delighted to report that it really does live to it's up. Raats tasting notes for this wine are as follows:

"This sexy, uber-elegant Cabernet Franc shows the stunning heights this grape can attain! It combines a core of luscious blackberry, black cherry, and plum with expressive notes of cinnamon, tobacco, coffee, and spice. Silky tannins caress the palate, and hints of dark chocolate and a great minerality. This wine has a long and supple finish".

I very much concur with that.





Also in Blog

Diary of a Wine Merchant: The Covid Years – Part II
Diary of a Wine Merchant: The Covid Years – Part II

April 16, 2021

12 months ago, shortly after the destructive reality of Covid became evident, I wrote a piece for a trade magazine (recently uploaded to our blog here…) in which I opened with the very real sense of helplessness and fear which I am sure I shared with the vast majority of the planet. At the time, it seemed almost like staring into a black hole, knowing that you had to take the next step but blind to whatever lay below. I remember thinking (and saying to anyone prepared to listen) that this was “our generation’s war,” we’d never experienced anything approaching global conflict and in 2020 we’d reached payback time, only to be faced with an adversary that responded neither to bombs nor white flags (nor bleach). Frightened for ourselves, for our friends and families and frightened for businesses and careers that we’d spent lifetimes developing, all we could do, it seemed, was to keep washing our hands and hope for the best.

Continue Reading

Diary of a Wine Merchant: The Covid Years- Part I
Diary of a Wine Merchant: The Covid Years- Part I

April 15, 2021

Back in spring 2020, Chris was asked to write a piece for the Wine Merchant Mag, a specialist trade publication, about his thoughts during, what was then, an unprecedented national lockdown. Published in May, we present the text to you here-

Continue Reading

In Search of Rioja
In Search of Rioja

September 19, 2020

In northern Spain, some 95km south of Bilbao and bisected almost laterally by the River Ebro lies Spain’s most popular and famous wine region, a region of some 66,000 hectares of vineyards worked by 14,800 growers and dominated by some of the most celebrated names in the wine world.

Continue Reading

Coteaux du Giennois, Terre de Silex - OFFER
Coteaux du Giennois, Terre de Silex - OFFER

August 03, 2020

It started early on a Saturday in June. I’m minded to say that it disturbed my lie-in but it was way earlier than that that my phone first pinged to announce the arrival of a new website order. (I wonder if Jeff Bezos has the same app on his phone?). Ignored it, rolled over and 5 minutes later it went again. And again. And etc, etc. Finally, before switching the thing off, curiosity got the better of me and I opened up the online shop to find a stream of orders for a wine that I fell in love with 2 years ago but that we had failed to make much headway with – Coteaux du Giennois, Terre de Silex from Clement & Florian Berthier,

Continue Reading