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MR de Compostella 2018

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Get to know: MR de Compostella

Tasting Note

Deep, dark and intense ruby colour. 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 dominate. This wine shows a consistent, linear flavour profile with a polished and well-defined finish.

Will drink even better in time and can mature for more than 15 years if cellared correctly

Try this with well-aged sirloin, rib-eye or Filet mignon or if you're going for cheese make it a hard cheese.

Critics scores


2018 Rated 5 star by John Platter (2022)
2018 Scored 97 points by Vinous – Neal Martin (2021)
2018 Scored 96 points by Tim Atkin SA report (2021)
2018 Scored 94 points by Winemag (2021)
2018 Rated 97 points by Greg Sherwood MW (2021)


2021 – 99 Points by Greg Sherwood MW
2021 – 96 Points by Tim Atkin MW

Producer Info


2021 Blend: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 17% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot

Two visionary winemakers & lifelong friends, Mzokhona Mvemve & Bruwer Raats, had a meeting of minds to combine their artistry to create a singular wine that transcends time. MR de Compostella was born inspired by a constellation of stars merging together to create something spectacular. A wine driven neither by style nor variety but by its leading component, quality, they take the very best of each variety in each vintage to create an ultra-premium wine of distinction.

Always in the pursuit of perfectionism, every vintage marks the start of a new challenge for Mzokona and Bruwer.

“With MR De Compostella, we set out to achieve consistent, world-class quality wine every vintage. To do this, we ensured that the five Bordeaux varieties that we cultivate – namely Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and of course, our speciality, Cabernet Franc – are planted in the soil they are each best suited to. This results in a lot of small parcels in our vineyards – sometimes there will be a row or two of Cabernet Sauvignon in the far left corner of that vineyard, or some Malbec in the very specific right hand corner of this one. It’s not exactly practical, but it’s the only way we can make magic happen,” explains Bruwer.

In truth, the magic of MR is in the process, as each vintage requires refined craft, skilled precision and endless patience. Once each individual component has been matured in separate barrels, the wines are lined up for a blind tasting. This is a lengthy task, whereby Mzokona and Bruwer score each wine individually, before tallying up an average score, removing everything below 90 points, and taste again. The results are all led by outstanding quality, with the overall winner eventually becoming the leading component in the new vintage, the second being the second leading component and so on and so forth. This special process is repeated per wine, per vintage.

While rigorous, this tried and test method has resulted in 11 elegant yet completely different vintages of MR de Compostella – a wine as consistent in quality as it is at winning awards – and that results in something truly beyond our world.

South Africa, Stellenbosch

Cabernet Sauvignon