It's really very hard to fault the 2021 Moment of Silence from Pieter Walser. Now incorporating fruit an old vine block of Chenin, the Viognier component really comes through on the nose here with stunning fruit - crystallised stone fruit, apricots and more exotic fruits too - papaya and alphonso mango. The fruit simply shimmers across the palate with gorgeous white peaches and lightly saline, mineral backbone, with the finish loaded with comice pears. It's soft and voluptuous with the perfect amount of zip on the finish. It is, we think, BLANKbottle at its very best.
Every one of Pieter’s wines is a story, rather than a grape variety, and it’s the juice inside the bottle which reveals that story. He doesn’t own any vines, but instead scours South Africa’s winelands for top-quality fruit that has somehow slipped under the radar, now sourcing from nearly 70 sites. Some years he’ll make 20 wines, other years 35. With the benefit of anonymity, variety and regional identity take a back seat while parcel expression does the driving. These are some of South Africa’s most original wines, made by one of South Africa’s most original winemakers