Blank Bottle, BIG
With stunning black fruit, cedar, graphite and sweet peppery spice matched with a cool meatiness to the nose, this is a very drinkable wine – don’t let the name put you off! The fruit is ripe on the palate but doesn’t shout at you, with a gentle hint of green and savoury meaty note and just enough tannins – a great BBQ wine for sure. This year, it’s a blend of 7 vineyards, with neither of the high elevation Ceres vineyards being included due to a fire close by to the sites close to harvest, with a smudge of Cab Franc too.
The wine was born as a fun strike back against the Swartland Revolution, when Rhone blends were suddenly thrust centre stage, and Bordeaux blends of Stellenbosch and all Cab suddenly became ‘uncool’. Pieter thought he would devote some time to the iconic grape variety, and what a great job he’s done.