2012 Mvemve Raats, MR de Compostella, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2012 Mvemve Raats, MR de Compostella, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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2012 Mvemve Raats, MR de Compostella, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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My notes for the 2011 vintage of this wine read ‘turbocharged’ and it was easy to see why Wine Advocate had scored it 95/100. The 2012 vintage has not yet been rated by that publication, however, in my opinion it is a superior wine, being less turbocharged and far more elegant. A blend of 28% Cabernet Franc, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 18% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot, this has an intense nose of blackcurrants and Victoria plums along with a herbaceous, mineral edge. It is exceptionally fresh, which makes it a delight to taste, with layer upon layer of lovely concentrated blackcurrant fruit on the palate and swathes of supple, yet grainy, tannins. This is an exceptional wine. Availability is however extremely limited.
Catriona Felstead MW, Wine Buyer

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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.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - eRobertParker.com #215 Oct 2014 Read more

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Raats Family Wines

Raats Family Wines

Bruwer Raat started Raats Family Wines in 2000.  Having carved out a reputation as a New World leader in the production of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Bruwer crafts soil-specific wines that embody the unique characteristics of the Stellenbosch wine region.

Amongst the Raats portfolio, Bruwer makes a wine called Mvemve Raats (MR) de Compostella, a collaborative venture with his friend Mzokhona Mvemve that began with the 2004 vintage.  Just one wine is made each year: a Bordeaux blend.

The composition changes, because they both taste through barrels and only those that score 90-plus when sampled blind make it to the final blend.

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Stellenbosch is South Africa’s best-known wine region, producing a wide variety of wines from leading estates, even though it accounts for less than 20 per cent of the country’s total production. Designated wards within the wine region are Jonkershoek Valley, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Bottelary, Devon Valley and Papegaaiberg.

At 17,500 hectares, Stellenbosch remains the Cape's most famous and important fine wine district, thanks to its proximity to Cape Town, to the cooling influences of False Bay, its mountainous (ie Helderberg, Simonsberg), granitic topography and its centres of learning such as Elsenburg Agricultural College. 

It's notable for the refinement of its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, especially from the likes of Glenelly EstateKeermont Vineyards Oldenburg Vineyards, Raats Family and Anwilka

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Cabernet Franc is widely planted in Bordeaux and is the most important black grape grown in the Loire. In the Médoc it may constitute up to 15% of a typical vineyard - it is always blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and is used to add bouquet and complexity to the wines. It is more widely used in St.Emilion where it adapts well to the cooler and moister clay soils - Cheval Blanc is the most famous Cabernet Franc wine in the world, with the final blend consisting of up to 65% of the grape.

Cabernet Franc thrives in the Loire where the cooler growing conditions serve to accentuate the grape's herbaceous, grassy, lead pencil aromas. The best wines come from the tuffeaux limestone slopes of Chinon and Bourgeil where growers such as Jacky Blot produce intense well-structured wines that possess excellent cellaring potential.

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