2009 MR “de Compostella” Proprietary Red, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2009 MR “de Compostella” Proprietary Red, Stellenbosch, South Africa



“Raats told me that the 2009 MR de Compostella is made by the combination of 16 or 17 different batches from different terroirs that are all assessed completely blind. The Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon all came with same score which is why they are equal components in the blend, which is: 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 12.5% Petit Verdot and 12.5% Merlot and raised in new and used oak for 24 months. Is it a worthy follow-up to the 2008? You bet it is. Reticent at first, it unfurls like a burlesque dancer on a go-slow protest to reveal blackberry, fennel, warm gravel and a touch of mint that is beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, unimposing tannins that allow the crisp blackberry and wild strawberry fruit to really shine, while the finish has superb minerality and delineation. It is not quite as immediate as the 2008, but certainly it is one of South Africa’s finest wines and should repay considerable cellaring. Go seek and marvel. Drink 2014-2025.

I had never met Raats until I tapped him on the shoulder at the Cape Show and introduced myself with something along the lines of “I rather took a shine to your 2008 last year” (it received when one of my highest appraisals, since confirmed by a number of other commentators.)” – 96 points – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (December 2012)


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