10 Cape winemakers to watch

Gavin Bruwer, B-Vintners

Gavin BruwerCousins Gavin Bruwer and Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines set up this Stellenbosch-based venture in 2013 with a mission to celebrate two things: heritage and terroir.

In practice that means shining a light on some of South Africa’s most historic grapes and single vineyard sites. So far that focus has created B de Alexandrie, a dry Muscat from a 0.7ha plot; Haarlem to Hope, a blend of the Chenin, Semillon and Muscat grapes that were first to be planted by Dutch settlers in the 17th century; Liberté, a celebration of South Africa’s homegrown Pinotage variety; Strandwolf Chardonnay, from vineyards overlooking False Bay; and Reservoir Road Pinot Noir from a windswept parcel of low-yielding bush vines.

“We’re very keen on staying true to what we have in Africa and sharing that vision with the world,” outlines Bruwer. “We’re working with what are as close to African varieties as possible.”

Describing himself as “passionate about our country,” he feels “the Cape has a lot of good stories to tell.” When it comes to channeling those tales through this particular project Bruwer observes: “There are a lot of things in life that inspire you, but wine does that on a different level. Our long term goal is to work with suppliers who share our vision and passion for their soils.”

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