BLANKbottle Makstokkie 2021

By , 20 February 2023



Pieter Walser, winner of the Grand Prix at the Wine Label Design Awards 2015 for his BLANKbottle range of wine, continues on his nonconformist way. Makstokkie 2021 is from Swartland Verdelho – ungrafted, echela trellised vines planted on schist soils on a steep slope outside Riebeek Kasteel, to be precise.

Spontaneously fermented and matured for 10 months in older oak, the nose shows subtle and elusive notes of pear, peach and dried herbs while the palate is taut and precise – great concentration and driving acidity before a saline, uncompromisingly dry finish. Price: R295 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 95/100.

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    PK | 20 February 2023

    Pieter has to be one of the most original characters in South Africa. Coming across as a bit of a wildcard, with spontaneity being the driver behind most decision made, but in my humble opinion he is also one of the most switched on business minds in the industry. And goes without saying his winemaking isn’t bad either.

    A real treasure of the South African industry that always flies below the radar, but someone that we should treasure and that a lot of the young guns can learn from.

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