B Vintners, Haarlem To Hope White (Bruwer Raats)
B Vintners is a joint venture between Bruwer Raats, owner and winemaker of Raats Family Wines and his cousin, Gavin Bruwer Slabbert, who joined Bruwer as winemaker and viticulturist in 2009. Creating a small collection of single vineyard, hand-crafted wines. Minimal intervention, with an organic attitude towards the winemaking results in wines that are textural and complex.
A concentration of bright fruit on the nose that follows through onto the palate, that creates tension and excitement all at once. Nectarine, pear and melon are given depth by touches of spice, lemongrass and ginger, while hints of floral and scrub enhances a further dimension. Time in older oak, with close lees contact, has helped to give the wine breadth and depth on the palate and keeps the focus with a saline and savoury linger.
Mimimal intervention – whole bunch pressing, fermented and aged in old oak with resting on lees for 10 months.