94 points - The Wine Advocate
"The 2014 De Compostella is a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc, 18% Malbec, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, each from different parcels around Stellenbosch, including one new parcel from the Faure vineyard for this vintage. Bruwer told me that the barrels are tasted blind and scored, and they are whittled down to the best until they have the best wine. It boasts a very impressive bouquet with superb delineation and focus: blackberry, bilberry, a light marine influence and a hint of tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin on the entry that probably belies the structure of this wine. It is very harmonious, as usual, with a lovely sappiness towards the finish. Not as intense as other vintages that I have tasted, nevertheless it is one of the most refined, and perhaps the 2014 will require less bottle age than in previous seasons. In a word: class." Neal Martin
Amongst the Raats portfolio, Bruwer makes a wine called Mvemve Raats (MR) de Compostella, a collaborative venture with his friend Mzokhona Mvemve that began with the 2004 vintage. Just one wine is made each year: a Bordeaux blend.
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.
Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer
Voted winery of the year in The Platter Guide 2018, with an unprecedented eight wines receiving the coveted 5 star rating, Bruwer Raats is considered to be one of the leading New World producers of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
Raats Family Wines is a boutique winery situated in the Polkadraai Hills area of Stellenbosch and the only Cabernet Franc specialist in South Africa. Established in 2000, Raats was originally a partnership between brothers Bruwer and Jasper Raats, with their father Jasper Snr as viticulturist. Jasper Snr passed away in 2009 which saw Bruwer's cousin, Gavin Bruwer Slabbert joining the team as Winemaker and Viticulturist.
Bruwer (also known as the Chenin King) spent time at esteemed Blaauwklippen, Delaire and Zorgvliet estates before his commitment to build the Raats Family brand full time. His intense and personal devotion has seen Raats Family Wines earn a stellar reputation internationally, consistently producing Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc of outstanding quality, which are considered benchmarks for these varieties around the world. Indeed during a tasting in Europe, Bruwer’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 was declared better than Cheval Blanc 2001 and was lauded by Jancis Robinson OBE MW as one of the greatest Cabernet Francs in the world.
A great deal of effort has gone into sourcing specific soil types and old low-yielding vineyards located in the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Durbanville Hills and the Paardeberg area. All the grapes are handpicked and the wines are made with his extensive knowledge and attention to detail. The result is a truly distinctive showcase for South African wine and soil.