Raats MR de Compostella 2012 Stellenbosch

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The latest release is the 2012 MR de Compostella, which this year is a blend of 28% Cabernet Franc, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 18% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot, each grape variety assessed blind after one year in barrel before the final blend was made. In total it spent 22 months in barrel of which one-third is new French oak, the remainder second and third-fill. It has an exquisite bouquet with mineral-laden dark berries and cassis fruit that come across so natural and refined. Who said South Africa cannot do elegance? The palate is very well defined, supple and cohesive with just a touch of white pepper that lend tension and verve on the finish. This is one of the best vintages I have tasted…so far. Exceptional.

96/100 Neal Martin, Vinous
96+/100 Greg Sherwood MW

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TWO WINEMAKING BROTHERS HAVE ESTABLISHED TRACK RECORDS AS WINEMAKERS AT LEADING CAPE WINERIES. BRUWER (AND BROTHER JASPER RAATS) ALSO SHARE A PASSION FOR MAKING QUALITY CHENIN BLANC AND CABERNET FRANC WINES, BELIEVING THAT SOUTH AFRICA'S PROLIFERATION OF OLDER VINEYARDS (FOR CHENIN) PROVIDES A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO POSITION THE COUNTRY AS A NEW WORLD CHENIN BLANC LEADER. THEIR COMMITMENT EXTENDS TO SOURCING LOW-YIELDING GRAPES FROM AN OLD CHENIN BLANC VINEYARD, LOCATED IN THE BOTTELARY HILLS ON THE KUILS RIVER SIDE OF STELLENBOSCH. WITH JASPER PROVIDING INPUT ON VITICULTURAL ASPECTS, AND BRUWER TAKING CHARGE OF WINEMAKING DECISIONS, THE BROTHERS HAVE NUDGED AND CAJOLED FRUIT FROM THESE OLD VINES INTO TWO UNIQUELY DIFFERENT CHENIN BLANC STYLES. MADE IN LIMITED QUANTITIES, BOTH WINES REACH UNEXPECTED HEIGHTS OF FLAVOUR. BRUWER'S CABERNET FRANC RANKS AS ONE OF THE FINEST PRODUCED IN SOUTH AFRICA AND IS HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER BY COLLECTORS. BRUWER IS NOW MAKING WAVES WITH HIS BORDEAUX BLENDS CALLED MR DE COMPOSTELLA.

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