Raats Family WinesMR De Compostella 2018Product code: 12903
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Raats Family Wines is a premium wine producer based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, known for their exceptional quality blends. Among their best creations is the MR de Compostella, a flagship wine that earned an impressive 98-point score from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. This Bordeaux-style blend is composed of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, grown in the Raats family vineyard. The wine is aged for 20 months in oak barrels, resulting in a rich and complex flavor profile that features layers of dark fruits, spice, and cocoa with a silky finish. MR de Compostella is a wine that stands out in its class and is a must-try for wine enthusiasts.
Deep, dark intense ruby colour. Blackcurrant and black cherry fruit with hints of violets, cedar and cinnamon. Rich and complex with mineral, black berry fruit and dark chocolate on the finish. Harmoniously composed of sufficient of each of the five Bordeaux varietals to ensure none dominates. This wine shows a consistent, linear flavour profile with a polished finish.
About the Winery
The Raats Family winery, founded in 2000 and situated in the picturesque Polkadraai Hills of the Stellenbosch winelands, was first a collaboration between the siblings Bruwer and Jasper Raats. Their father, Jasper Senior, served as a viticulturist throughout the winery's early years but tragically passed suddenly in 2009, leaving Bruwer Raats to carry on the family tradition. In 2010, Bruwer named his cousin Gavin Bruwer as winemaker and viticulturist, assuring that the winery's development would continue to be successful and kept within the family. Founder Bruwer Raats of this famous winery has maintained his concentration on two types since 2000 because he thinks that specialising would help him succeed. This assumption is the truth today. The Raats Family Wines is now recognised as a pioneer in South Africa's Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, consistently winning local and international acclaim.
The strict winemaking criteria used by Bruwer, Mzokona, and Gavin, who is based in Stellenbosch, the world's premier wine region, include the quality of the grapes, the land, the climate, the geography, and, of course, the influence of human hands, which together embody the essence of terroir. Raats holds many acres of property with vineyards in the Polkadraai Hills. They obtain their wine from a few very low-yielding ancient vine parcels distinguished by complex sandstone and disintegrated granite soils. These plots, which are situated an average of 249 meters above sea level in the exclusive Stellenbosch neighbourhoods of Bottelary Hills, Simonsberg, and Blaauwklippen, are completely under Bruwer's jurisdiction.
At Raats, they take pride in their dynamic nature. Their core philosophy is to put all their efforts towards adjusting to the environment's constant change. Besides creating fine wine of two varieties, another accomplishment of this winery is its eco-friendly practices. World-class wines are produced by hand harvesting, whole bunch pressing, natural fermentation, and no fining or filtration. There is no environmental impact, even from the packing.