Red Wine /// Wacky Blend // Western Cape / South Africa
Pieter Walser is one of the most innovative winemakers in the world, and is the producer of some of SA’s most coveted wines that you’ve probably never tasted. Within BLANKBOTTLE there are no 2 wines alike and about 30% of the wines are once-off limited editions. Pieter crafts unique wine blends, picking about 35 grape varieties from 60 vineyards around the Cape. Each of his wines is bottled and labelled according to the unique story behind it. The main aim of BLANKbottle wines is to provide an honest, personal taste with no preconceived expectations that come with certain vintages or styles.
Master of None is a typical BLANKbottle red – ‘unspittably’ delicious while remarkably deft and refined. The kind of blend that just doesn’t happen in Europe, this mash-up of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Pinot and Roussanne sounds like it shouldn’t work but it is a revelation. Pinot-esque in terms of weight, it is amazingly fresh and packed with fruit, but with an immensely satisfying savouriness on the finish. You have got to try it. PHILGLAS & SWIGGOT