MR De Compostella

Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Merlot,Petit Verdot,
Stellenbosch,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 99
  • Neal Martin: 95
  • Tim Atkin: 96


Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

Made by Bruwer Raats (of Raats Family Wines) and Mzokhona Mvemve only in exceptional vintages since 2004 (the 2010 and 2019 were declassified and used in the Raats Jasper Red Blend due to March rains), when the stars align, as the title implies. The blend changes with the vintage, though this particular year saw 30% Cabernet Franc, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 16% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot make up the final blend to grand acclaim. With the 2018 vintage having attained some of the highest international scores yet, with subsequent vintages only succeeding in becoming more and more critically acclaimed.

In The Cellar
The aim with this wine was to take each of the five components and make a varietal wine in it’s own right. The wines were then tasted blind after one year in barrel. The wines that scored less than 90 points were not considered for the final blend. The percentage components of the blend were determined by the scores achieved in the blind tasting. The resultant cuvee is called De Compostella (‘The Compilation of Stars’).

In The Vineyard
Soil Type 100% Decomposed Dolomite Granite; Age of Vines 9 - 22 years; Trellis vertical hedge. The grapes come from Stellenbosch and are grown only on decomposed dolomite granite and Table Mountain Sandstone soils. This lends itself to great acidity, freshness and an extended mineral finish.
The MR de Compostella from Bruwer Raats and Mzokhona Mvemve possesses one of the most successful critical track records out of almost any red wine produced in South Africa let alone just in the Cape Bordeaux Blend category. The newest 2021 release astonishingly takes this wine to yet another higher niveau of quality with a blend of 26% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec, 20% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Made from vines aged between 9 and 22 years old, all grown on deep decomposed dolomitic granite soils with table mountain sandstone, the aromatics are wonderfully bold and exuberant displaying seductive notes of blackberries, crème de cassis, violets, sweet cherry tobacco, black cherries and tart black plum. The lifted perfumed intensity is incredibly pure and piercing with salty liquorice, cedar spice and beautifully detailed maritime oyster shell nuances. In the mouth, the concentration and focused steely intensity is astounding – tart, bright and architecturally soaring, shaping this wine into a powerful, linear, multi-dimensional masterpiece. Packed full of salty cassis, tart plum and black currant, the tightly wound core of power, refined extraction and polished marble tannins leave you in no doubt that this harmonious, vibrant beauty is a spellbinding, timeless classic in the making. If you wanted just one wine to convince an international fine wine connoisseur of the true greatness of South Africa’s finest terroirs and winemaking, you have found your candidate! Simply an incredible wine. Drink this beauty from 2024 and savour over the next 30+ years. But you might need more than just one or two cases in your cellar!! (Wine Safari Score: 99/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Cultivar Description:26% Cabernet Franc; 35% Cabernet Sauvignon; 17% Malbec; 20% Merlot; 2% Petit Verdot