#278 Raka Sangiovese 2019
VIDEO CONTENTS INDEX:
00:00 – DID YOU KNOW…
00:51 – AN INTRO TO RAKA ESTATE
01:06 – THE GENESIS OF THE KLEIN RIVER WARD
01:55 – WHERE DOES THE WINE COME FROM?
02:44 – WHY RAKA IS A GRAPE HUNTER’S DREAM
03:25 – WHAT DOES THE WINE TASTE LIKE?
03:33 – WHAT IS A “CLASSIC SOUTH AFRICAN RED WINE”?
05:07 – HOW WAS THE WINE MADE?
05:41 – YEAST GEEK DEETS
Adventurers from the South
The Dreyer Family – owners of Raka Wine Estate – single-handedly fought for the Klein River Wine Ward to be recognised as its own appellation – and with good reason! This unique little estate, tucked in between the Southern most mountain range on the African continent (the Klein River Mountains) has a fascinating mix of slope aspects, soil types, and cultivar choices – which makes them a worthy acquaintance of any eager grape hunter.
Today we’re exploring their really rather smart little single-cultivar Sangiovese bottling – fermented from a combination of SG3 and 143B clones.
If you have yet to sign up for your Monthly HanDrinksSolo Wine Subscription then you’ll have to hunt this wine down in your own time. But until then, here are my tasting notes and technical specs:
👃🏼 The nose carries delightfully rich, classic elements of cassis, black cherry, dried roses, cedar wood, leather, and cassia bark.
👄 The palate is a fascinating mix of savoury roasted elements alongside deep, ripe cassis, and plum, freshened up a touch by tart red currant and juicy black cherry notes. Mouthfeel is Med+ in weight, with firm tannins.
🔬 Wine of origin Klein River. 100% Sangiovese. During fermentation, winemaker Josef Dreyer uses Laffort’s Zymaflore F83, as well as a bit of Rennaissance’s Andante. He employs fairly rigorous pump overs for five days (roughly 3 – 5 times per day). After fermentation, the wine is racked into tank where malolactic conversion ensues. Once the wine has settled, it is matured in 225 litre barrels (a mix of Hungarian and French Oak), of which 10% are new oak.
| Alc 14 %vol | pH 3.51 | RS 4.0 g/l | Total Acid 6.1 g/l |
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