MR de Compostella 2014
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 varieties to ensure none dominates. This wine shows a consistent, linear flavour profile with a polished finish.
Bottled in January 2016, the wine will drink even better in time. The wine can mature over 10 to 15 years if cellered correctly.
41% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec,14% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot.
In The Vineyard:
Each variety was harvested separately from specially chosen vineyards in the Stellenbosch area.
About The Harvest:
Grape Sugar: 24° – 25° Balling
Acidity: 6 – 7. g/l
pH at Harvest: 3 – 3.5
In The Cellar:
The aim with this wine was to take each of the five components and make a varietal wine in it’s own right. The wines were then tasted blind after one year in barrel. The wines that scored less than 90 points were not considered for the final blend. 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’).
Each variety spent 12 months in barrel as a single variety wine before the wines were blended. Thereafter the blended wine was matured for another 12 months, giving a total of 24 months in barrel, a third of which was in new French Oak, a further third in 2nd fill and a final third in 3rd fill French oak barrels.
Winemaker: Mzokhona Mvemve and Bruwer Raats. Main Variety: Cabernet Franc. Alcohol: 14.5 %vol. pH: 3.46. RS: 3.3 g/l. Total Acid : 5.9 g/l. Volatile Acidity: 0.59 g/l. Appellation: Stellenbosch.