By now you should know the story of Pieter Walser and BLANKbottle. His ever-changing and marvellous array of delicious wines capture the imagination, are coated in stories and offer so much vinous excitement…

By now you should know the story of Pieter Walser and BLANKbottle. His ever-changing and marvellous array of delicious wines capture the imagination, are coated in stories and offer so much vinous excitement that, frankly, they are as far from blank as one could get. Pieter was a key presenter at last year’s Young Guns event and is at the very forefront of SA’s wine revolution.

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
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Pieter breaks all the rules in the book. He blends varieties that one wouldn’t expect, across regions, all at the whim of his creative genius. You don’t need to be a wine geek to enjoy his wines, however. Each one is produced in an elegant, highly-drinkable style and offers tremendous value both on the table and in the glass.

We’ve put together a white and red pack which feature new and more regular wines. Orbitofrontal Cortex is Pieter’s most famous wine and hits profundity in 2017. My Köffer is an ode to Tassenberg that is ‘just so damned drinkable’ says Tim Atkin. Kortpad Kaaptoe is an utterly delicious Fernão Pires, while Jimmy is a ground-breaking, Chablis-like Verdelho from Wellington. Master of None is a typical BLANKbottle red – ‘unspittably’ delicious while remarkably deft and refined. The highly-intriguing Sin a Bhfuil is a more structured red that will age well in the cellar.

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Considering that 2017 is one of the finest modern-day vintages, these are must-buys for all wine lovers.

Tasting notes:

BLANKbottle, Orbitofrontal Cortex 2017
According to Pieter Walser’s conscious mind (there used to be an unconscious blend too), this is the best white cuvée in his Stellenbosch cellar. Clairette and Verdelho based, with Grenache Blanc, Chenin, Palomino and Fernão Pires, it’s a stunning, leesy creation. Fresh and sappy with notes of white pepper, elderflower, lime zest and very subtle oak. A one off. Drink: 2019-2025. – Tim Atkin MW, 95/100

BLANKbottle, Kortpad Kaaptoe 2017
‘This was the year we picked at the right moment,’ says Pieter Walser of this old vine Fernão Pires. Peachy, spicy and very aromatic, it has lovely orchard scents, a hint of musk and just the right amount of acidity for balance. Drink: 2018-2021. – Tim Atkin MW, 92/100

BLANKbottle, Jimmy White 2017
This is 100% Verdehlo from Wellington, but it drinks more like a Chablis! It’s tight and mineral and yet powerfully rich, offering green apples, nuts and fine aromatics. – Roland Peens, Wine Cellar (February 2019)

I still have to write the proper story but it boils down to the fact that the first ever Suzuki Jeep ever to enter the country belonged to a farmer’s grandad in the Voor-Paardeberg. Since then his father and now himself only drive these super mini 4x4s on the farm. He is apparently also at the moment the Western Cape dune racing champ with a little super hyped up Suzuki Jimny. This is a straight Verdelho from the farm that was the home to the first ever Jimny in SA. – Pieter Walser

BLANKbottle, Sin a Bhfuil 2016
The Sin a Bhfuil is slightly different to the other BLANKbottle reds in that it shows a darker fruit spectrum and more structure. A blend of Tempranillo, Nebbiolo and Carignan, cherry and floral notes are interwoven with savouriness and a sense of minerality. A classy and elegant wine that holds serious tannins and will open up over the next few years! – Roland Peens, Wine Cellar (February 2019)

BLANKbottle, My Köffer 2017
This joyous Breedekloof Cinsault has introduced countless wine drinkers to the joy of this resurrected Cape variety. Pale and very subtle, it’s a red wine for white wine drinkers who are thinking of expanding their repertoire. Just so damned drinkable, with wonderful fruit purity. Drink: 2018-2023. – Tim Atkin MW, 93/100

BLANKbottle, Master of None 2017
Another new wine from BLANKbottle this year, with what Pieter Walser calls ‘slightly more conservative packaging’, this is an unusual whole bunch-fermented blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Pinot Noir and Roussanne. White pepper, strawberry coulis and Turkish delight notes with supple tannins. Drink: 2019-2023. – Tim Atkin MW, 91/100

 

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