Gentle, complex and elegantly expressive but with all the excitement and rumbling energy of a wine that will age for years to come - that's what the 2021 offers. Cardamon pods, coriander, and gentle spices dance around a moreish core of florality and clean, seductive ripeness. Lean in profile but displaying layers and layers interest; so neat yet so multi-faceted. This is so attractive.
The tale behind the name BLANKbottle is that when Pieter was starting out, he made a small parcel of Shiraz and was left with a few unlabelled cases. One day, a woman wanted to buy a wine – “Anything but Shiraz,” she told him. Pieter shrugged and sold her the unlabelled Shiraz, neglecting to mention the variety. A few weeks later she returned demanding more, saying it was the best thing she’d ever drunk. For Pieter, it was a lesson on the gap between what people think they like (or dislike) and what they actually like (or dislike). After that, he decided not to list the varieties on his labels. 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.
FROM THE PRESS
“Dusty/stony grapefruit aroma, even a touch of white pepper. Lots of tension here and a little austere on the palate, super-clean, dry, slightly herbal finish. The oak is barely visible. Drink 2022-2025”Julia Harding MW, Jancisrobinson.com