Blank Bottle Pseudonym 2020
PRODUCER: In 2004, a lady came to Pieter's house (then also his office) to buy wine. She asked for anything but Shiraz. “I don’t drink Shiraz”, were her exact words. I poured her a glass of wine. She loved it and bought 3 cases. It was a straight Shiraz.
Having no indication of cultivar on the bottle, not only demands complete honesty when it comes to quality, but it allows the opportunity to introduce once-off limited runs of interesting wines. BLANKbottle is an honest brand that had no limitations when it comes to style, vintage, area or cultivars. Something for someone with an open mind and an adventurous heart.
WINEMAKING: Pseudonym is made from a small 69-year old little vineyard. It grows in a little valley into the mountain in Darling. Seeing that it is the only food source around, the birds eat the grapes every year. The farmer could never use the valley for something else, so he kept the vineyard. When the grapes eventually ripened, there wouldn’t be much left to harvest. He would then pick the bits and throw it with the other grapes from the farm headed for the big co-operative winery. This was what had happened for 64 years. Peter Walser asked him if he could cover the whole vineyard with bird nets. He bought the nets and he gave the labour. It was at the age of 65 when, for the first time, a wine was made exclusively from that little vineyard. Blank Bottle have two wines from it. Retirement@65 - a blend of the little block of Cinsault and 25% Shiraz as well as Pseudonym, which is 100% the Old Vine Cinsault.
TASTING NOTES: Super subtle and elegant but plenty of delicious raspberry and red apple, couple with subtle but playful acidity. Hints of herbs and root as well to add another layer to the depth.