BLANKBOTTLE But Why? Stellenbosch 2018

BLANKBOTTLE Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2018
  • ABV: 14%
  • Origin: Ceres Plateau/South Africa
  • Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon


Pieter Walser is one of the most innovative winemakers in the world, and is the producer of some of SA’s most coveted wines that you’ve probably never tasted. Within BLANKBOTTLE there are no 2 wines alike and about 30% of the wines are once-off limited editions. Pieter crafts unique wine blends, picking about 35 grape varieties from 60 vineyards around the Cape. Each of his wines is bottled and labelled according to the unique story behind it. The main aim of BLANKBOTTLE wines is to provide an honest, personal taste with no preconceived expectations that come with certain vintages or styles.

This is a next level Cabernet from the Ceres Plateau! The cooler temperatures at this high altitude give a seriously long ripening period eeking out oodles of flavour from these delicious grapes without any whack-you-in-the-face levels of alcohol or tannin. Balanced, beautiful and absolutely brilliant! 


'BUT WHY grows at 734 meters above sea-level and I was concerned that ripening would be a challenge. My initial thoughts were that the wines would be green. BUT WHY grows on sandy soils whereas LEAVING THE TABLE grows on rocky clay soils, at the highest elevation of them all. What we did not realize at the time was that the site’s radiation levels (sunlight) were off-the-charts high and the average temperature is low during summer. The grapes could therefore stay on the vines much longer, absorbing massive amounts of sunlight, whilst growing in maturity and getting rid of greenness. Resulting in ripe grapes with lower sugar levels. Sandy soils are also famous for producing more elegant wines…' Pieter Walser, Winemaker



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