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BLANK Bottle, Manon des Sources Elgin 2016
Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
The vineyard for this wine is owned by a doctor of Pieter's acquaintance. As part of the contract for the grapes, Pieter makes a couple of barrels of wine every year for the physician's personal consumption. It turns out that he wasn't drinking his way through all of this, so Pieter has re-acquired some parcels of the wine. Sporting a label drawn by Pieter's daughter, Alexa, this is from the 2010 vintage and has aged extremely gracefully. Made from a majority of Riesling with small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, this is very intense and complex showing exotic fruit, petrol, and floral notes. A richer textural component from the Sauvignon and Semillon bolsters the fine Riesling structure and acidity to create compelling tension.
BLANKBottle makes a range of wines changing from year to year depending on what critically-acclaimed winemaker Pieter H. Walser finds on his explorations through SA vineyards.
Walser's operation is unusual because he owns no vineyards and rarely makes the same wine twice. He only works with small batches, buying grapes from around 60 vineyards all over the Western Cape.
His policy is to say nothing about the grapes or the blend and he takes a casual approach to more than just the label, saying that the plan behind his winemaking is simply not to think too much about it.
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