Raats Family Wines
MR De Compostella 2015, Raats Family Wines
South Africa / Stellenbosch
Andy's Tasting Notes
Quite possibly the best bordeaux blend red produced in South Africa.
40% Cabernet Franc, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec.
Leaning towards Cru Classe St Emilion or Pessac Leognan it’s hugely complex yet with perfectly judged oak, structure and minerality.
It is a masterpiece, but you will need to be patient – drink this before 2025 and you’d be wasting your money. Will age 25 years plus.
Price per bottle £55.00
24 in stock
The formation of MR de Compostella epitomizes the meeting of two strong winemaking minds and an existing friendship between Mzokona Mvemve (the M) and Bruwer Raats (the R). de Compostella itself refers to a constellation of stars, with each shining star being a tiny addition to the larger blend of the galaxy that makes for something spectacular.
Winemaker, Bruwer Raats, tasting note – “With MR De Compostella, we set out to achieve consistent, world-class quality wine every vintage. To do this, we ensured that the five Bordeaux varieties that we cultivate – namely Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and of course, our speciality, Cabernet Franc – are planted in the soil they are each best suited to. This results in a lot of small parcels in our vineyards – sometimes there will be a row or two of Cabernet Sauvignon in the far left corner of that vineyard, or some Malbec in the very specific right hand corner of this one. It’s not exactly practical, but it’s the only way we can make magic happen.”.
Raats Family Wines – Bruwer Raats is a gentle giant of a man and his reputation is starting to match his stature – “the most exciting and forward thinking winemaker” in Stellenbosch. As part of the new wave of South African winemakers he crafts soil specific wines that embody the unique characteristics of the region. With hand harvesting, whole bunch pressing and using natural fermentation without fining or filtering it helps him create wines that are world class.
Food matchFillet steak / vegetable tangine
Awards & Critic Reviews
Greg Sherwood MW: 98/100 pts
Wine Enthusiast: 95/100 pts