97 pts Vinous September 2022
The 2020 MR de Compotsella is a blend of 30% Cabernet Franc, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 16% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot matured in 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill barrels for 24 months. It has a stunning nose with effortlessly pure black cherry, boysenberry and raspberry fruit, seamlessly interlaced with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with an intense opening, layers of red fruit, spicebox, cracked black pepper and graphite. There is a huge structure to this Compostella but with immense salinity and finesse on the finish. It will need three to four years in bottle, but it is a tremendous wine (again). 2026-2050
Deep, dark and intense ruby color. Blackcurrant and black cherry fruit with hints of violets, cedar, and cinnamon. Rich and complex with mineral, blackberry fruit and dark chocolate on the finish. Harmoniously composed of the five Bordeaux varieties to ensure none dominates. This wine shows a consistent, linear flavor profile with a polished and well-defined finish.
Grapes for the MR de Compostella come from Stellenbosch and are grown only in decomposed dolomite granite soils. This lends itself to great acidity, freshness, and an extended mineral finish. Trellis vertical hedge vines range in age from 10 – 23 years.
The 2020 harvest period was characterized by typical dry conditions and moderate temperatures. Carry-over effects from the heat during spring and effective canopies promoted ripening in the early cultivars and were therefore harvested much earlier. Sustained, moderate temperatures occurred until the end of March and resulted in effective plant functioning and full maturity in late cultivars.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION:
The aim with this wine was to take each of the five components and make a varietal wine in its own right. The wines were then tasted blind after one year in barrel and wines scoring less than 90 points were not considered. The percentage components of the blend were determined by the scores achieved in the blind tasting. The resultant cuvee is called De Compostella (‘The Compilation of Stars’).