I think what I love most about this wine is that Muscat of Alexandria is (as far as I can tell) Africa’s only indigenous vitis vinifera grape. It’s like being proud of Charlize Theron, or Trevor Noah just because they are South African. There is no firm logic to it, but the sense of pride is there, nevertheless.
Of course, the fact that it is a great wine in its own right doesn’t hurt. People often say of the new wave of dry muscats; “sure, it’s interesting, but I could never have more than one glass.” And for the most part, this is true. But in this particular instance, the texture and balance keep one refilling the glass until way beyond the point of personal well-being.
Another source of joy for me is that it happens to be made by the same winemaking team that produces some of the country’s finest Chenin Blancs and Cabernet Francs – Raats Family Wines. Bruwer Raats oversees the B-Vintners project, but it is his cousin Gavin Bruwer who is more actively involved in the production of this incredible range.
In short, an incredible, truly African alternative to South Africa’s more common refreshing white wine usual suspects.
👃🏼 Vanguard is more extroverted than a 1980s game show host. Supremely open elements of star jasmine, gun flint, cape gooseberry, and litchi.
👄 The palate is superbly waxy and layered, with a smorgasbord of unusual fruit combinations; nectarine, litchi, tart gooseberries and white grapefruit on the tail. Decent length.
🔬 Stellenbosch fruit. 100% Muscat of Alexandria.
💸💸 ZAR145.00 (as of January 2021)