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B Vintners - Haarlem to Hope 2016


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Maker: Bruwer Raats & Gavin Bruwer Slabbert
  • Grape: Chenin Blanc
  • Grape Percentage: Chenin Blanc 54%, Semillon 42%, Muscadelle 4%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
Limited Stock: (2 btls)
WA: 92 (2015) WS: 91 (2016) JG: 94 (2014) TA: 90 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

The wine has bright fruit concentration on the nose, which follows through onto the palate. There is tension and excitement all at once. Nectarine, pear and melon are given depth by touches of spice, lemongrass and ginger, while hints of florals are a further dimension. Time in oak, with close lees contact, has helped to give the wine breadth and depth, still remaining fresh and focused, with a saline and savoury finish.

Winery Information

B Vintners

Bruwer and Gavin work together making wine at Raats Family Wines

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)92 pts

A blend of Chenin Blanc, Semillon and Muscat d'Alexandrie, the 2015 Haarlem to Hope has a very aromatic, perfumed bouquet with yellow flowers, peach skin, wet wool and a faint by tempting scent of custard cremes. The palate is well balanced with a slightly waxy entry, a fine thread of acidity, touches of peach, dried apricot and ginger with a lemongrass-tinged finish. There is something very assured about this wine.

Wine Spectator (2016)91 pts

A ripe, flashy style, with creamed pear, yellow apple and green fig notes gliding through, underscored by hints of lemon curd, butter and macadamia nut. The long finish lets the fruit play out at a leisurely pace. Chenin Blanc, Sémillon, Muscat de Frontignan and Muscat d'Alexandria. Drink now through 2020

Jamie Goode (2014)94 pts

Complex, fine and spicy with fine pear and white peach fruit. Ripe but still balanced and focused with notes of ginger and lemongrass in the background. Lovely complexity, detail and purity, with potential for development.

Tim Atkin (2016)90 pts

Gavin Bruwer’s four-way blend of mostly Chenin Blanc with Semillon, Muscat de Frontignan and Muscat d’Alexandrie is a partially barrel fermented number, with appealing floral lift, grapey sweetness, creamy lees and a hint of oak. 2017-20

Vinification Notes

Mimimal intervention - whole bunch pressing, fermented and aged in old oak with resting on less for 10 months - only the 4% Muscat was fermented and aged in Stainless Steel, naturally stabilised and then bottled. Aged for 10 months in French oak.