Raats Red Jasper 2015
|Region||South Africa, Stellenbosch|
The 2015 Red Jasper is a blend of 48% Cabernet Franc, 36% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. 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.
A fresh tobacco leaf note leads the way, pulling juicy red currant, plum and red cherry fruit behind it, while fresh acidity gives this ample cut to match the fleshier, toastier side. Nicely done. Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2018 through 2022. 1,700 cases made.
This Cabernet Franc-led blend, with 36% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, opens with seductive notes of dried cherry, cocoa-dusted raspberry, vanilla bean and sweet oak. There's ample tannic structure, though they are quite fleeting, allowing the vibrant acidity and bright red-fruit flavors to shine through. Drink now-2021.