The Lagoon, Walvis Bay, Namibia
 

Red Wine List at The Raft Restaurant

Cabernet Sauvignon

 


"Methode Ancienne Cabernet Sauvignon"

from The Springfield Estate A specially selected, steep, rocky, thorn-strangled site was selected 23 years ago to create a single vineyard, the harvest fruits of which have since been honourably treated to highly revered 'ancient' winemaking methods; native yeast fermentation of whole berries in 100% new French Oak; 2 yrs ageing on lees and a min. 2 years in the bottle; unfined and unadulterated - such special attention has resulted in an outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon with hallmarks of Purity, Balance & Suppleness that surely rival the 'Best of the Best'.

The Tasting Note is fresh, bright and elegant with an abundance of pure, blackcurrant fruit and even a touch of Bordeaux-like herbaceousness. Ripe and juicy, there is a warmth to the palate although the overall feel is full of zip, zest and life. Truly Fantastic stuff.



"Cabernet Sauvignon"

from The Boekenhoutskloof Winery

This discreet, tucked away winery continues to gain renown - in the last year it was named in two important international publications as the Cape's top producer. Refined, classy and age worthy with a perfumed forest-floor and berry allure. Exciting but measured, the effects of 2 yrs new oak are beautifully assimilated with ripe blackcurrant fruit. Cellarmaster, Marc Kent, has a right to be 'pretty chuffed' at receiving his tenth five-star rating for a red wine in the John Platter guide with this fine example.

 



"Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon"

from The Fleur du Cap Estate

An absolute classic with a mere glimpse of pure cassis attraction behind youthful tautness and smart complementary oaking.



 

"Whole Berry Cabernet Sauvignon"

from The Springfield Estate

Marvellously succulent and ripe with whiffs of cherry & herbs, along with a delightful fresh-crushed blackcurrant tone and cosseting gentle tannins. Yummy!



Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon

Dry finish complementing any red meat.



Spier Cabernet Sauvignon

Ruby red in colour with dark chocolate, cassis and vanilla aromas & flavours. Full bodied with sweet and mature tannins which leave a strong finish full of character.



Pinotage

 


Beyerskloof Pinotage

A medium to full bodied, complex Pinotage showing plum and red berry flavours, well integrated with the oak aromas and a cherry/banana character. Beautifully managed light ripe tannins and an integrated oak influence combine to offer a wine that can be really enjoyed. Goes well with seafood or light meat dishes, as well as any red meat, pasta or spicy food.



 

Zonnebloem Pinotage

Very dense tones of blackberry and a light taste of oak - very stylish.



 

Nederburg Pinotage

A full bodied wine characterized by drinkability when young, yet with potential to age.



 

Merlot

 


 

Delheim Merlot Medium bodied with a velvety texture, beautifully balanced with ripe berry, plummy fruit flavours. This wine has an elegant, juicy palate which combines richness with finesse in a way that is utterly satisfying.


 

Fleur du Cap Merlot

Soft smooth tannins with predominant berry tones.



 

Spier Merlot

Plum red in colour with aromas of mint, cherry and spice that follow through on the palate and are supported by soft gentle tannins.



 

Shiraz

 


 

Zonnebloem Shiraz

Distinctive varietal nose, medium bodied-soft and easy to drink.



 

Spier Shiraz

Deep purple plum in colour, with attractive black & white pepper aromas complemented by whiffs of ginger and a hint of tropical fruit. The palate is soft, yet mouth-filling, with delightful fruit flavours and hints of coffee and toffee.



 

Blends

 


 

"The Work of Time"

from The Springfield Estate Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc

The realization of Springfield's 10 yr old dream to make a Bordeaux style red. They've succeeded magnificintly! A fleshy, friut-crammed yet elegant blend with a smooth, seamless; marvellous concentration of ripe Blackberries and Loganberries, combined with hint of Chocolate and Fresh Prune.



 

"Ansela Van de Caab"

from The Muratie Estate,

Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

A classically built, subtle blend that is up there with the best - although less overtly powerful than many. Fragrant dark Mulberry, cigar smoke and fine Oak spice make up this sultry charmer and offer a burgeoning complexity.

 



 

"Guardian Peak"

from The Frontier Vineyard,

Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/ Merlot

From the Vineyards of pro-golfer Ernie Els, a glossy blend with loads of personality. Confuring up the opulence of Black Forest Gateaux, cut clean by Black Cherry flavours, bright creamy tannins and finely nuanced Mocha - all in savoury harmony.



 

Nicolas Van der Merwe, Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Merlot

Highly rated, this understated blend has signature dry tannins, supple grace, rounded fruit, some Chocolatey richness and a slight fruity sweetness rounding of with a dry finish.



 

Bushmans Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

A full bodied red wine with a juicy & spicy bouquet. Blackcurrant, cherry velvety palate with immmaculate balance between soft, ripe tannins & well structured top quality wine. Long lingering finish enhanced by smoky undertones from oak maturation.



 

Nederburg Edelrood 

A Classic blend of cabernet & merlot with attractive blackcurrant, cherry and berry fruit flavours.

 

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If you are in Namibia you need to visit the Raft
I love the Raft,  I have been there about a dozen times over the last 2 years and always look forward to coming back.  Great staff, great manager and tonight I finally met the owner Sarah who is just lovely.   I love this place, if you are in Namibia then you need to come to the Raft, Its the best place to eat in town. I recommend it to everyone I know.  The food is excellent, the view is spectacular, its a great place to spend a night with your family or freinds.  I have been here about a dozen times over the past couple of years and always look forward to coming back.  If I had one complaint it would have to be - the Crocodile was off the menu... (sorry, but I do love the Bushmans Platter with the Crocodile)  Thank you to you all, I look forward coming back next week before returning to the UK.  David Carroll Director Purple Pear Creations Web Design Ltd UK  PS Get yourself a Facebook page so we can all like everything about the Raft... 

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Thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Lovely atmosphere, warm fire, friendly staff and divine food. Great to visit you in Walvis. Would love to come back one day. Thanks for excellent service. -C.W.G.

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