Stunning, all rounder there is nothing you can fault in this wine. The 2019 shows less intensity than the 2018, but is by no means any less delicious, maintaining all of it's style and swagger. Aromas of candied lemon, cooked apple and mango with a core of minerality. Soft and voluptuous, it has a lovely ripeness and a fleshy, creamy mouthfeel, which leads to a perfect tangy freshness giving some zip to its otherwise mellow feel.
Since it’s maiden vintage in 2007, M of S has changed a lot. Having started life as a blend of Wellington chardonnay, chenin blanc and viognier, it's morphed into a combo of chenin blanc, grenache blanc and viognier from five different vineyards from Boberg to Groenberg Mountain. While previously all components were vinified conventionally and aged in used barrels; now some parts are made with skin maceration, and Pieter uses a combination of used barrels (of various sizes), amphorae and concrete egg for ageing. All of this adds complexity and gives him greater control over the final blend. The results, with each new vintage, continue to enthral us - as does the fantastic value that this wine still offers, more than 10 vintages in. It comes across like a fancy southern Rhone white with a splash of Condrieu. It's lush, generous and honeyed but with a lively clarity and tension which makes it feel quite sophisticated. It is, we think, BLANKbottle at its very best.