‘I appeal to the adventurous wine drinker. They buy my wines because they trust me. They give me money to take them on a journey.’ – Pieter Walser
This is the story of BLANKbottle and Pieter Walser, the producer of SA’s most coveted wines that you’ve never tasted. While funding his studies, Pieter got busted by customs and excise for ‘smousing’ unlabeled wines to friends. He moved from clean skins to winemaking as the business grew and 13 years later he’s picking 30 grape varieties from 52 vineyards around the Cape. Each wine is bottled and labelled according to the story behind it and half will never make a re-appearance.
Previously sold directly from the winery, we are super excited to offer an incredible and exclusive 6-bottle mixed case of 4 whites and 2 reds with free delivery included. Just 60 cases available.
‘It’s quite nice when people don’t know what they’re drinking, they drink it purely on quality,’ says Pieter, who avoids limitations by not putting the variety on the bottle. ‘The dude is clearly equal genius and nutter,’ Jamie Oliver said after tasting ‘a crazy Assed white label South African super pro home brew wine’ which blew his mind.
Pieter is probably more famous in the UK with Tim Atkin MW scoring 22 out of 24 wines between 92 and 95 points last year! As well as naming the Orbitofrontal Cortex 2015 as his ‘White Wine Discovery of the Year’. We offer the incredible 2016 which, like the 2015, was produced to compare a wine made in his subconscious to one made by his conscious mind. Read more about the Neural Project.
As you would expect, the wines are honest, elegant, delicious and utterly intriguing. Is he an artist, a new-wave négociant or a crazy winemaker? Everyone should get to know Pieter Walser.
What you are getting:
BLANKbottle, Orbitofrontal Cortex 2016
Last year around this time I released Limbic 2015 as well as its counterpart Orbitofrontal Cortex 2015. As most of you know, the blend for Limbic was compiled by tapping into my subconscious with EEG technology and creating the best wine in the cellar according to my subconscious. We also then, with our conscious minds made Orbitofrontal Cortex 2015 – the best wine in the cellar made with our Conscious mind. Now Limbic was a once off but we decided to release the best white blend from our cellar as Orbitofrontal Cortex year-on-year. And from one year to the next, the combination of cultivars might vary. The style of the 2016 is very close to the 2015 OFC, just a bit better I think… It is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Fernão Pires, Chenin Blanc, Verdelho, Sémillon and Clairette Blanche. – Pieter Walser
This is a beautiful Cape White blend. Floral and cool on the nose, the palate is tight and earthy with a towering, savoury depth. It has huge richness at low alcohol and the long, salty finish balances the waxy texture. It should develop over the next 5-8 years. – Roland Peens
BLANKbottle, Haan 2016
This is 100% Grenache from Wellington, Voor-Paardeberg and Darling but it includes both Gris and Blanc! A wine of Ying and Yang, delightful sweet fruit over a dry, textured and fresh finish. Florals, limes, orange and red fruits. This will be terrific with food. – Roland Peens
BLANKbottle, Casting for Chris and Becoming Paul 2016
This is a 100% Chenin Blanc from old vines in Darling. Inspired by a big-screen film where Pieter’s winery was used as a set and he thought about casting for the main role of Chris. Discovering quickly that acting was completely different to winemaking, Pieter didn’t get the role but was offered another much smaller role at the end. Paul.
Just so pure and mineral, it speaks of old world Chenin Blanc. The nose is earthy with baked apples leading on to a lemon curd infused, spicy palate. A momentous complexity finally ends with a nutty edge around a mineral frame. – Roland Peens
BLANKbottle, Nothing to Declare 2016
A tribute to the vine smugglers that battled to produce the wines they wanted to in SA ‘back in the day’. The smugglers gave us the foundation to take this industry to new heights. It is a blend of Marsanne, Fernão Pires, Viura, Clairette Blanche, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Viognier.
An ode to the Southern Rhône in style, but with more acidity. This is just delicious, powerful, rich and structured with layers of character. Liquorice, fennel and fynbos dance with lemons and pear again with a lovely salty finish. – Roland Peens
BLANKbottle, The Life of a Black Valentine NV
This wine is dedicated to the Black Valentine (…or mistress) of the South African wine industry. So here’s to Cinsaut – The Life of a Black Valentine – mainly Swartland Syrah, a small bit of Swartland Mourvèdre and yes, a large chunk of Darling Cinsaut.
Like all of Pieter’s reds, this is lighter in style with beautiful fragrance and a fresh demeanor. Liquid berries, cinnamon, some tomato leaf and fine tannins. There is purity and structure but it’s softer and rounder than the Retirement at 65. Mostly a blend from the great 2015 vintage. – Roland Peens
BLANKbottle, Retirement at 65 2016
The name is a reference to the beautiful old Darling Cinsaut vineyard. Having gone to a large co-op, this wine was made for the first time in the vineyard’s 65th year. Before formal retirement from service in its 63rd year, Pieter took his chance and snuck in. After 2 years of careful nursing and recuperation, the wine is a Cinsaut-driven blend with a dash of Syrah and Grenache. Very hands-off winemaking with small amounts of Sulphur added just before bottling and a gentle 12% alcohol.
This is just delicious. Notes of wild musk, white pepper and crunchy red fruit. Beautiful and deeply poised it is quite raw and herby in its youth. Red fruits abound in a long, fleshly and fresh finish. Oh, did I say delicious? – Roland Peens