The wine’s name, Black Bream, is drawn from a synonym of our national fish, the “Galjoen”. The endangered fish is normally found in inaccessible areas of the coastline with dangerous reefs and turbulent water, thus being safeguarded by its environment. Similar the pioneering vineyards are protected by a hidden valley, allowing for perfect conditions for optimal grape ripening.
Delicate fruits of wild strawberries and red cherry, with a floral element of fresh violets that is underpinned by fragrant spices of cinnamon and clove. Time in the glass, reveals the salinity, which gives a distinctiveness to the wine. It is light of touch on the palate but remains concentrated with fine grain fruit tannin, given length by the fresh and cool acidity.
For Stellenbosch-based cousins Gavin Bruwer and Bruwer Raats, their minds are always focused on the future. So much so, that in 2014, they combined their youth and experience to create B Vintners Vine Exploration Co. – a wine range that grants them an opportunity to explore the vines together within the Cape Winelands.
Yet, this is not just your standard partnership. Instead of owning their own vineyards, the B’s (Bruwer & Bruwer) source grapes from different locations best suited to each variety, opting to create working relationships with similar minded people in the industry who believe in their avant-garde winemaking approach.
“We’re storytellers, always eager to honour our Cape heritage and historically-linked varieties. However, there are learnings to be taken from the past too, and it is important to incorporate these lessons today in order to produce finer wine for tomorrow’s wine drinkers,” explains Gavin.
The result is a range that carefully balances two realms of the winemaking spectrum. By honouring the heritage of the Cape and incorporating innovative and minimal intervention winemaking techniques, B Vintners allows the vineyard to tell the tale, expertly crafting the most honest expression of the fruit of the vine.
Today, B Vintners is an award-winning, terroir-driven range that blends a bit of the past and present to bring you a taste of the future.