B Vintners, Lone Wolf, Cinsault Red, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2018
In celebration of their Bruwer family heritage cousins, Bruwer Raats and Gavin Bruwer Slabbert created Bruwer Vintners Vine Exploration Company in 2014.
Their guiding mission is to craft exceptional wines showcasing their heritage, the unique terroir and, through this, create a new future for South African wine. “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.
This is from an old bush vine vineyard on granite and schist soils in Stellenbosch - dryland farmed - it yields tiny amounts of grapes, between 4 and 6 tons per hectare.
Spontaneous whole bunch and semi carbonic fermentation for 10 days before pressing with a basket press into a seasoned barrel. The wine then rest in barrel for 10 months before bottling.
Type: Old seasoned oak
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
Fresh strawberries and cherries with an underlying cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Fynbos shrub and flora unveil themselves with time in the glass. The wine is fresh and delightfully light of touch on palate, but holding a long and delicious finish.
Game fish such as salmon and trout.
Wine Safari 94+ /100
60 x 6 cases total production – About a ton of Cinsault from the bottom of a Pinotage vineyard at Bellevue in the Bottelary Hills planted in the early 1950’s on granite and schist soils. Fabulously lifted and finely perfumed, this wine screams individuality, with potpourri spice, rose petals, dried violets, Turkish delight and cranberry reduction. Suave and cool, there is lovely liquid minerality, piercing concentration and a long, restrained red currant berry fruit length. A wonderful old vine expression of Cinsault that really is noteworthy. Minute production that might just possibly have been exported all to the UK. GS MW, 94+/100, July 2019.
Decanter Cinsault: South Africa’s new star from old vines. 94 Points
Cousins Gavin Bruwer and Bruwer Raats source grapes throughout the Cape for their range, finding a 1953-planted dryland bushvine vineyard for this bright, pure and enticing Cinsault. Like a spiced berry explosion on the nose and palate, with tangy raspberry acidity, great concentration of youthful fruit and a dusting of cinnamon. A delicious drop. 94 Points, TG, May 2021.
6 x 75cl
Award: Vinous 92 Points