Raats - Mr De Compostella 2011-12 - Stellenbosch Fine Wine 75cl Bottle


Raats - Mr De Compostella 2011-12
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Deep, dark intense ruby colour.

Red plum and black cherry fruit with a hint of cinnamon.

Rich and muscular with mineral, black berry fruit and dark chocolate on the finish.

Harmoniously composed of sufficient of each of the five main Bordeaux varieties to ensure none dominates.

This wine shows a consistent, linear flavour profile.

Each variety was harvested separately from specially chosen vineyards in the Stellenbosch area.

The resultant cuvee is called De Compostella ('The Compilation of Stars') and the aim was to make each of the five components able to stand as varietal wines. The wines were tasted blind after one year in the barrel and the blend was then constructed in descending percentages, from the wine which rated highest to that in 5th place.

Each variety spent twelve months in barrel as a single varietal before the wine was blended together. Thereafter the blended wine was matured for another twelve months giving a total of twenty-four months in barrel, a third of which was new French Oak, a further third in 2nd fill and a final third in 3rd fill French Oak barrels.

Grape: 32% Cabernet Franc, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 16% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot.

Category(s):     Red Wine

Producer: Raats   -   www.raats.co.za
ABV:   14%
Appellation:   Stellenbosch
Brand:   Raats
Country of Origin:   South Africa
Food Match:   Roasted Dishes
Food Match:   Red Meats
Grape Type:   Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Region:   Coastal Region
Vintage:   2011-12


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Producer Information

Raats Family Wines are specialists in the crafting of exceptional wines from Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
It is their mission to consistently produce Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc of outstanding quality from South Africa and to establish these wines as international benchmarks.
The Raats family lives for and dreams about these two varieties and passionately produces wines they believe are truly distinct from old vineyards in the Stellenbosch area east of Cape Town. They have earned a reputation internationally as a New World leader in the production of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
Originally a partnership between brothers Bruwer and Jasper Raats, with their father Jasper Snr. as viticulturist, Raats Family Wines was founded in 2001 on a passion for Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Today it is award-winning winemaker and natural marketer Bruwer Raats that has acquired full ownership of the company, with father Jasper Snr retired. Running Raats Family Wines from his farm in Stellenbosch, Bruwer lives with his wife - also the GM - Janice, and their sons Daneel, Joshua and Samuel.
Bruwer spent time at esteemed Blaauwklippen, Delaire and Zorgvliet estates before his commitment to build the Raats Family brand fulltime. His intense and personal devotion has seen Raats Family Wines evolve into a New World leader in the production of these varietals, which many international critics consider benchmarks.
A great deal of effort has gone into sourcing specific soil types and old low-yielding vineyards located in the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Durbanville Hills and the Paardeberg area. 'The best viticultural soil for Chenin Blanc in all the land is undoubtedly located in and around Stellenbosch. We source from vines on average 25 years old, grown 250m above sea level - perfect!' All grapes are handpicked and wines made with his extensive knowledge and attention to detail. The result is a truly distinctive showcase for South African wine and soil.
Bruwer travels to the US and Europe each year to visit top restaurants and loyal customers, and believes that personal relationships with the sellers of his wines are vital. 'Because our wines should essentially be enjoyed in the company of good food by people appreciative of the passion and dedication that go into the making thereof.'
All the efforts have paid off. Raats Family Wines are enjoyed in the UK, USA, Canada and Europe and his wines are consistently rated tops by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Decanter, Wine & Spirits, Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate magazines, etc.
Global Endorsements...
Top rated South African Chenin Blanc in the New York Times, March 2007
2004 Raats Cabernet Franc included as one of the top 12 international Cabernet Francs in Wine & Spirit magazine, February 2007
Renowned British wine writer Tim Atkins included the 2005 Raats Chenin Blanc in his 'Definitive Dozen' in The Observer, November 2006
Wine expert Matthew Jukes included the 2005 Raats Chenin Blanc James Molesworth proclaimed the MR de Compostella, Bruwer's collaboration with Mzokhona Mvemve, as his top South African red in Wine Spectator
Raats Chenin Blanc became the first South African Chenin Blanc to score over 90 for four consecutive vintages in Wine Spectator magazine
Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2008 cought the attention of Wall Street Journal and was rated their Best Wine in the toasting the new vintages ' tasting' (November 2008).

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