“People like to label me. Some say I’m a winemaker, an ideas guy, a marketer, a surfer, an actor, a garagiste, a negociant, an entrepreneur. I prefer not to carry a label. To be honest, I wouldn’t know what to label myself. It’s like my wine, BLANK Bottle… it’s just a blank bottle. You can’t judge it by the label; it takes drinking a whole bottle to get to know the wine.” Pieter H. Walser
Over the years we would like to think that we have come across some of the most creative winemakers and minds of the wine trade... but just when you think that you have come across them all, you meet the man himself, Pieter Walser, winemaker and owner of Blankbottle wines. An absolute purist, an artist, a free-thinker, a person who does not allow the constraints of everyday life or the boundaries set out by the so called wine-police, dictate how or what he should produce, what the wine should look or taste like and what it should be called.
Along the way Pieter has thrown the rulebook out the window while driving down a dusty farm road in his bakkie, somewhere in the Cape, on his way to visit one of the many cuvees each vintage, yes 30+. I know what you thinking he has got to be an absolute lunatic to even attempt this, but that is not the case, he is an absolute genius and nowhere is this better illustrated than when opening a bottle of his wine, popping on on to his website and listening to the stories behind the wines, what inspires him to make the wines and just the sheer creativity and genius of this artist becomes clear as day.
As you may have taken from reading the above, we are huge fans of Pieter’s wines here at Philglas and the man himself has graced us with his presence on numerous occasions during our South African take-overs and each and every time we are blown away by it all. There is no limit to his creativity and the energy and passion that he brings to any conversation.
We are so excited to finally be able to offer you a 6-bottle case of some of our favourite cuvees from the Blankbottle selection. We are sure this will be a great introduction and can promise you it will be one of the most memorable ‘debuts’ if you have not come across these wines before.
Our popular Mixed Cases are a convenient solution if you are stuck for choice! Hand selected by our buying team which includes two Masters of Wine they are a great way to explore our extensive range.