Haarlem To Hope is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Semillon; Muscat d’ Frontignan and Muscat d’ Alexandrie.The varieties were brought to the Cape, by the early Dutch settlers. They are part of the cornerstones of grape growing in the Cape of Good Hope, more than three centuries they have been cultivated, by the colourful people of our vibrant land. The wine is a celebration of 350 years of heritage, in a land of hope.
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.
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.