BLANKBottle Retirement at “65” 2016

This is a blend of mostly Darling Cinsault plus a little Grenache and Syrah, winemaker Pieter Walser having discovered an under-utilised 1951 vineyard of Cinsault, wine made from it for the first time in its 65th year of existence. The nose is very perfumed with notes of raspberry, cranberry, candy floss, geranium and fynbos while […]

December 7, 2017
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BLANKBottle Orbitofrontal Cortex 2016

Pieter Walser, winner of the Grand Prix at the Wine Label Design Awards 2015, has always eschewed conventional means of marketing his wines relying on QR codes and the Internet to tell his story and then trusting in word-of-mouth recommendations but now says that his business has grown to such an extent that you may […]

September 4, 2017
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BLANKBottle Nothing to Declare 2014

Pieter Walser of BLANKbottle, winner of the Grand Prix inaugural Wine Label Design Awards earlier this year (see here), has a fabulous white blend called Nothing to Declare (a tribute to the vine smugglers of days gone by) consisting of “mainly Marsanne with a bit of Roussanne, Grenache blanc, Viognier and Clairette blanche”. There’s very […]

December 4, 2015
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Tim James: Against silly wine names

Has anyone else noticed the rash of silly phrases being given as names to wines? Blankbottle’s “Confessions of a White Glove Chaser” (a cabernet) is one of the most egregious examples. Sadly, I suspect we’re just at the beginning of a bizarre, artificial and irritating trend. In dear old classic Europe, the largest word on […]

September 14, 2015
by Christian
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BLANKBottle col. Mulscal Roos 2013

W.O. Western Cape. The relevance of the name not disclosed. A blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Carignan from in and around the Swartland. 30% whole bunch fermentation. Red and black fruit, subtle spice and a touch of fynbos. Juicy and fresh – great fruit integrity and properly ripe tannins. Price: R155 a bottle. Score: […]

March 12, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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BLANKBottle Kortpad Kaaptoe 2013

W.O. Swartland. From a Fernão Pirez vineyard planted some 40 years ago. Rather heady aromatics  including peach, pineapple and plenty of spice.  Rich and ripe with some leesy character. Alcohol by volmume is 15% which makes the wine quite hot on the finish. Sold out from the producer. Score: 85/100. BLANKbottle winemaker Pieter Walser designs […]

March 12, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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BLANKBottle The Original Spaniard 2012

W.O. Swartland.  A blend of equal parts of Garnacha, Monastrell and Cariñena (Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan) and hence the name. Red fruit, purple flowers, fynbos and spice. Medium bodied and poised – good fruit expression, fresh acidity and fine tannins.  Really well observed on the part of the winemaker. Price: R97 a bottle. Score: 92/100. […]

March 11, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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BLANKbottle Professor Kukurowitz 2013

W.O. Wellington. The name honours a University of Stellenbosch professor who was involved in planting this 50+ year old vineyard, the variety thought to be Chenin Blanc. Pear and white peach on the nose and palate. Understated but pure and focused with a wonderfully long and pithy finish. Price: R115 a bottle. Score: 92/100. BLANKbottle […]

March 11, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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