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5 Stars 2018 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Benchmark Cape Bordeaux blend led by cab franc (40%), the other 4 varieties & understated oak (just under 30% new) in support. Black fruit, cassis, herbs & cherries, 15 is a delicious paradox: intense yet elegant; dense yet ethereal, classically conceived yet unmistakably SA.
96 pts Vinous/Neil Martin Aug 2018
The 2015 MV de Compostella spent 12 months in barrel before each variety was blended, then another 12 months in barrel including 33% new French oak. It has a beautifully defined bouquet of blackberry, burnt toast, brown spice and light pencil lead aromas that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh blackberry and bilberry fruit, a killer line of acidity and the sense of symmetry that imbues the best MVs I have tasted over the years. It remains one of the Cape’s finest red wines.
93 pts Wine spectator 6/15/18
This has alluring aromas of black tea, singed savory, sandalwood and tobacco leaf, backed by a dense yet supple core of warm cassis and blackberry preserve flavors. Light sanguine and iron threads score the finish. Refined, showing sneaky depth and length. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2019 through 2026. 600 cases made.
95 pts Wine Enthusiast April 2018
Perhaps the best vintage of Compostella to date, this is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec. It showcases a beautiful elegance and herbal edge in waves of cigar tobacco and blackcurrant leaf, with a grounded fruit core of blackberry, plum and cassis. Additional notes of leather and German chocolate cake lend depth and intrigue, while the finish exhibits a masterful evolution between all these components with each sip. Well-structured and superbly balanced, it boasts gripping tannins and ample acidity to frame the ripe fruit. A beauty that should mature masterfully, drink 2023–2033.
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