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.
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
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.