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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Winemaking brothers Bruwer and Jasper have established a leading reputation for Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Jasper works the vines. Many are old vines on the decomposed grantic soils of Bottelary Hills. Without disagreeing with the popular view, the brothers do challenge the idea that old vines always make more exciting wines. The is best evidenced in the exceptional value Cabernet Francs that give Raats their justified status as the go to Franc producer in the Cape.

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