100% Syrah from a vineyard based 750m above sea level. This wine is so jovial that when tasting blind it would be hard to guess the grape. Light in colour with mouth quenching acidity, this wine clearly demonstrates true terrior. A key theme in most of Pieter's wines. The palate is bright and fresh with red fruit, balanced out with a silky refreshing finish. Drink now-2025
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
“Little William is right up there with my favourite Cape Syrahs. Sourced from a vineyard at 800 metres on the Ceres Plateau, this is fermented with 100% whole bunches and is wonderfully sappy, savoury and white pepper-scented with a whisper of oak and delightful freshness.”Tim Atkin MW 95/100