Extraordinarily unique and mouth-watering! Bashed lemongrass, white pepper, with exotic fruits, a hint of anise, kaffir lime leaf and hints of coriander seed. Wow! The palate is chalky and so expressive. Drinking well now, but gosh it'll age well. It's a straight 100% Semillon from Elgin, first produced in 2012 after Pieter had his second fit. The label is a scan of his brain, and the resulting wine is incredibly complex.
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.