2016 Strandwolf Chardonnay, B Vintners

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. B Vintners focus on creating a small collection of single vineyard, hand-crafted wines; the first being the Muscat d’ Alexandria 2014 from a tiny vineyard in Helderberg. Minimal intervention, with an organic attitude towards the winemaking results in wines that are textural and complex.

The wine has a citrus core of fresh limes, which is well defined with crunchy apple and pineapple. Salinity and mineral elements reveals itself on the palate with delicate oak spice adding complexity. The wine remains fresh, yet restraint, with great length and depth as a result of some 10 months lees contact.

South Africa