The latest vintage of the Mvemve Raats de Compostella is, once again, spectacular! With 94 from Neal Martin and 95 from Tim Aktin MW, its incredibly consistent string of local and international…

The latest vintage of the Mvemve Raats de Compostella is, once again, spectacular! With 94 from Neal Martin and 95 from Tim Aktin MW, its incredibly consistent string of local and international ratings makes it arguably SA’s top Bordeaux blend. There was strict selection during the 2016 vintage and volumes are down drastically. The finely-tuned, supremely elegant 2016 has the highest-ever Cabernet Sauvignon component and is built for serious ageing.

Next month, Bruwer will be hosting a MR vertical of 2012 through to 2016 against the 98-point 2015 Léoville-Las Cases! Such is the confidence of the 2018 Platter’s Winery of the Year ringmaster, who garnered an unprecedented eight 5-stars. See below for more information.

The 2016 MR is now available on pre-order and will be shipped at the end of next week.

View our new tasting schedule below. To book tickets, reply to this email or book online.

We generally taste 10-15 wines at our informal, yet informative tastings. Unless otherwise indicated, tastings run from 18:30 – 20:00, and will be hosted at Wine Cellar Observatory, Cape Town or at Wine Cellar Dunkeld, Johannesburg.


MR de Compostella vertical and the 2016 release – R 400

Cape Town: Wednesday, 3 October
Johannesburg: Thursday, 4 October

The 2016 MR de Compostella is, once again, spectacular! With 94 from Neal Martin and 95 from Tim Aktin MW, its incredibly consistent string of local and international ratings makes it arguably SA’s top Bordeaux blend. There was strict selection in 2016 and volumes are down drastically. The finely-tuned, supremely elegant 2016 offers the highest-ever percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon at 63%. Bruwer will be hosting this MR vertical of 2012 through to 2016 against the 98-point 2015 Léoville-Las Cases!

Cape Town »     Johannesburg »


Hartenberg: A spotlight on the super-premium 2015s – R 400

Cape Town: Wednesday, 17 October
Johannesburg: Thursday, 18 October

Hartenberg Estate has been in the top echelon of South African producers for the last 2 – 3 decades. With a new wave of fine wine pushing SA to new heights, it’s important to check in with the more traditional estates. The 2015s in particular have received huge praise, especially from Tim Atkin, in what appears to be a move towards more deft styling. Multiple vintages of The Eleanor, The Mackenzie, The Megan, The Stork and Gravel Hill will be presented by the legendary winemaker Carl Schultz!

Cape Town »     Johannesburg »


Burgundy 2016 reds: Excellent and entirely classic – R 595

Cape Town: Wednesday, 24 October
Johannesburg: Thursday, 25 October

Nature’s wrath of early season frost was the worst since 1981 and the yields were reduced to record lows, meaning allocations have been slashed. The good news is that it is a terrific vintage. In fact, many pundits believe that it’s better than 2015 and offers more vivid freshness, terroir-expression and finer balance. ‘Excellent and entirely classic in style,’ writes Allen Meadows who says there is ‘freshness, energy, grace and transparency’ in the vintage. Taste through the Burgundy villages to the Premier Cru level from the likes of Joseph Drouhin, Henri Boillot, Hudelot-Noëllat and Harmand Geoffroy. Set to be both educational and hedonistic!

Cape Town »     Johannesburg »


Fine Italian: Six regions and icon wines – R 450

Cape Town: Wednesday, 7 November
Johannesburg: Thursday, 8 November

A great opportunity to get your taste buds around the different regions of Italy with some exciting and iconic wines. From a line-up of mostly reds, we will taste wines from Campania, Piedmont, Sicily, Trentino, Tuscany and Veneto. We will also present an exciting and new, yet utterly classical, Trentino red from San Leonardo, which Jancis describes it as ‘hardly changed since 1982 and now back in fashion’, as well as serious wines from Mastroberardino, Tignanello, Castellare di Castellina and more.

Cape Town »     Johannesburg »


Burgundy 2016 whites: Excellent and entirely classic – R 595

Cape Town: Wednesday, 14 November
Johannesburg: Thursday, 15 November

Nature’s wrath of early season frost was the worst since 1981 and the yields were reduced to record lows, meaning allocations have been slashed. The good news is that it is a terrific vintage. In fact, many pundits believe that it’s better than 2015 and offers more vivid freshness, terroir-expression and finer balance. ‘Excellent and entirely classic in style,’ says Allen Meadows who says there is ‘freshness, energy, grace and transparency’ in the vintage. Taste wines from across Burgundy, including Grand Cru wines, from the likes of Joseph Drouhin, Henri Boillot, Héritiers du Comte Lafon as well as an introduction to Domaine Rois Mages from Rully.

Cape Town »     Johannesburg »


Bodegas Faustino dinner: 6 decades of classic Rioja – R 1,500

Cape Town: Thursday, 29 November, Auslese, 115 Hope St, Gardens
Johannesburg: Wednesday, 28 November, La Boqueria, 17 3rd Ave, Parktown North

Bodegas Faustino is one of the most famous estates in Rioja. With its iconic frosted glass, traditional styling and excellent value for money, we are excited show how these incredible wines age. Along with a 3-course dinner, we will taste through their Crianza and Reserva and then go back in history and taste benchmark vintages of Gran Reserva, including 2014, 2005, 2001, 1994, 1986, 1970 and 1964!

Cape Town »     Johannesburg »


SA vs Champagne: A year-end taste-off – R 595

Cape Town: Wednesday, 5 December
Johannesburg: Thursday, 6 December

Much like SA wine as a category, the quality of Méthode Cap Classique is at an all-time high. Can the best of SA compete with Champagne? End the year tasting SA’s best bubbles against Grandes Marques Champagnes, including Dom Pérignon and Bollinger, along with cuvées from smaller growers. Representing SA, expect the likes of Le Lude, Graham Beck, Silverthorn and Colmant.

Cape Town »     Johannesburg »


Tasting notes:

Mvemve Raats, de Compostella 2016 
Our idea is to make a consistent, world class ultra premium wine,’ says Bruwer Raats of MR de Compostella, the wine he makes with Mzokhona Mvemve. No one would deny that they’ve succeeded. Year after year, this Cabernet Sauvignon-based red blend is close to the top of the pile. Built to last, this is an ambitious, stylish, polished wine with restrained power, fine tannins and scented oak. 2022-35. – Tim Atkin MW, 95/100

The 2016 MV de Compostella contains the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon ever, at 63% and it was bottled the first week in May (see the 2015 vintage for the maturation details). It has a strict, almost broody bouquet of dense, graphite-infused black fruit. The palate is more a mixture of red and black fruit and fine-grained tannin, very harmonious in style; touches of pencil lead appear on the precise, sustained finish. While this lacks the sheer precision of the previous vintage, it is a very worthy follow-up. – Neal Martin, 94/100

 

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