This blockbuster Bordeaux blend has established an impressive track record, earning consecutive 93 point Wine Spectator raves in each of its first four vintages. The name de Compostella (meaning "field of stars" or "compilation of stars") was chosen to reflect the fact that each component is crafted to stand alone as a world class varietal wine. A rich, powerful red, it boasts aromas and flavors of dark berries and plum backed by enticing notes of bittersweet chocolate, smoke and earth.
Dark and grippy, with a dense core of plum, black currant and licorice flavors, framed by racy chalk and tobacco notes. Very taut and lengthy through the finish, with savory herb and iron notes, this will need some time in the cellar to flesh out fully. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Best from 2013 through 2020.
Raats told me that the 2009 MR de Compostella is made by the combination of 16 or 17 different batches from different terroirs that are all assessed completely blind. The Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon all came with same score which is why they are equal components in the blend, which is: 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 12.5% Petit Verdot and 12.5% Merlot and raised in new and used oak for 24 months. Is it a worthy follow-up to the 2008? You bet it is. Reticent at first, it unfurls like a burlesque dancer on a go-slow protest to reveal blackberry, fennel, warm gravel and a touch of mint that is beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, unimposing tannins that allow the crisp blackberry and wild strawberry fruit to really shine, while the finish has superb minerality and delineation. It is not quite as immediate as the 2008, but certainly it is one of South Africa's finest wines and should repay considerable cellaring. Go seek and marvel. Drink 2014-2025.
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