The last tasting portion of the last bottle on the last day of Cape Wine 2012 of Mvemve Raats de Compostella 2009 and I can confirm that this is something really special. A blend of 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 12.5% Petit Verdot and 12.5% Merlot, it’s rich and full but not at all cumbersome. “Big yet still fresh,” as Tyler Coleman, the American wine writer who goes by the pen name of Dr Vino, observed.
For me, excellence in a young wine eventually comes down to fruit purity and the De Compostella 2009 is impeccable in this regard. There’s great concentration but also nuance with both red and black berry flavours in evidence. Oak is carefully judged – each component kept separate for 12 months and then blended and returned to barrel for another 12 months, a combination of a third each, first-, second- and third barrels and then there’s the overall brightness of the wine mentioned above. Score: 19/20.