Blank Bottle JCB 2021
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PRODUCER: BLANKbottle is not bound to a specific wine area or wine style. It’s from many different vineyards, scattered across the Western Cape of South Africa, different regions, micro-climates, soil types, and ultimately leads to different wine styles. It is driven by quality, adventure, excitement and mystery. And at the centre of it all, are the guys in the vineyards, viticulturists, winemakers, family, friends and BLANKbottle fans.
WINEMAKING: The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and cooled overnight to 4 degrees celsius. The next morning 75% of the grapes were pressed as whole bunches. The juice underwent spontaneous fermentation in old French oak. 25% of the grapes were destemmed and fermented in open top fermenters on the skins, pressed after 2 weeks to old French oak barrels. 10 months on the leese, blended and bottled.
TASTING NOTE: A wine we haven't seen for many a year now - JCB, named in honour of the driver and his JCB who saved Pieter many years before on getting stuck loaded down with a trailer of grapes. Pure Sauvignon with 25% skin contact, JCB is a unique expression of the grape - some white pepper, kiwi and passionfruit cream, icing sugar dusted greengage pastries, sun ripened yellow peppers and iodine freshness, finishing with a little dried mango, a creamy leesiness and dash of salt.