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Blank Bottle Pseudonym 2021

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Tasting Notes

A previous vintage of this was the top scoring Cinsault in 'Cin City' - a tasting of Cinsaults from around the world in September 2021. Just over 500 bottles made! Pseudonym is made from a small 70 year old vineyard situated in a little valley into the mountain in Darling. 100% Cinsault, with dainty tiptoeing fruit, exotic spice and some sweet herbal notes, silken tannins and a floating palate. Named for Pieter's pseudonym: “Die konfytkoker van die Strand”, meaning “The jam maker from the Strand" 

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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. 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.  



“Pale, scented and ethereal, it's enticingly fresh and delicate, with 60% whole bunches, graceful old wood ageing and layers of pomegranate, wild strawberry and Turkish Delight. Drink 2022-27”
Tim Atkin MW
“Pale orangey red. Blind, I might have thought it was a white or a rosé – aromas of both citrus (orange) and light, red fruits. Deliciously juicy and fresh, with impressive depth and presence in the mouth at only 11.5%. Pure, intense, perfectly balanced. Long, too. Drink 2022-2028”
Julia Harding MW,

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