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My Koffer

BLANKbottle, My Koffer 2017

R240

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By now you should know the story of Pieter Walser and BLANKbottle. His ever-changing and marvellous array of delicious wines capture the imagination, are coated in stories and offer so much vinous excitement that, frankly, they are as far from blank as one could get. Pieter was a key presenter at last year’s Young Guns™ event and is at the very forefront of SA's wine revolution.

‘I appeal to the adventurous wine drinker. They buy my wines because they trust me. They give me money to take them on a journey.’ – Pieter Walser

Pieter breaks all the rules in the book. He blends varieties that one wouldn’t expect, across regions, all at the whim of his creative genius. You don’t need to be a wine geek to enjoy his wines, however. Each one is produced in an elegant, highly-drinkable style and offers tremendous value both on the table and in the glass.

'In remembrance to 'Tas' - BLANK out the cultivar - remove preconceptions. As we all know, clothes maketh not the man. This is a single varietal red wine.' – Pieter Walser

Tasting notes:
'This joyous Breedekloof Cinsault has introduced countless wine drinkers to the joy of this resurrected Cape variety. Pale and very subtle, it’s a red wine for white wine drinkers who are thinking of expanding their repertoire. Just so damned drinkable, with wonderful fruit purity. 2018-23.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2018, 93/100

Winemakers notes:
'As we move along in this adventure called life, we're (hopefully) increasingly exposed to fine and fascinating wines. We forget quickly and the days of getting excited when opening a bottle of Tassenberg is long gone. So it was then, that in February 1994 I walked into Western Cape Liquor Store in Stellenbosch and bought my first bottle of TAS for R3.50. In the (student) years to follow, I partook in a lot of Tassenberg drinking (to put it mildly).

All that drinking gave me ample opportunity for reflection and I came to the conclusion that I wasn't particularly fond of the whole wine, but there was one flavour component in the wine which I loved. That flavour component reminded me of fresh strawberries - a sweet, green, wholesome sort of freshness.

In 1997 I completed a month-long harvest stint in the (then) capital city of Tassenberg - Eersterivier Wine Cellar, Stellenbosch. We literally made hundreds of thousands of litres of Tassenberg. This is where the light went on for me and I finally identified the grape which produces my mysterious fresh strawberry component. It was Cinsaut! Ever since then I’d had the dream of producing a Cinsaut that tastes exactly the way I would like to remember TAS. The first straight Cinsaut I bottled was in 2007 - a Wellington Cinsaut as part of the Educational Range. The wine was good but not exactly the style I was after.

Not long thereafter, I received a tip-off from a well-respected winemaker friend about a little Cinsaut vineyard located in the lesser-known Breedekloof Valley. At that stage, the grapes went to a big cooperative winery where it basically disappeared into cheap red blends. So I took the plunge and bought some grapes.

Cinsaut is known as a varietal which produces lots of grapes per hectare. Besides the fact that Cinsaut has huge bunches, it also has massive berries. You therefore have much less skin-versus-juice contact and therefore end up with a lighter coloured (red) wine. I had the grapes ferment in small open-top French oak barrels and aged it in the same barrels for a year before being bottled.

Today, 7 vintages down the line, I’m releasing the new Mykoffer 2017 - a straight Breedekloof Cinsaut - with cherries and strawberries, it has a feminine elegance to it with a surprisingly intense personality - So with all the emotions connected to a first love, I present “My TASSENBERG”, “My TAS" - BLANKbottle mykoffer 2017 - a suitcase full of memories.' – Pieter Walser

By now you should know the story of Pieter Walser and BLANKbottle. His ever-changing and marvellous array of delicious wines capture the imagination, are coated in stories and offer so much vinous excitement that, frankly, they are as far from blank as one could get. Pieter was a key presenter at last year’s Young Guns™ event and is at the very forefront of SA's wine revolution.

‘I appeal to the adventurous wine drinker. They buy my wines because they trust me. They give me money to take them on a journey.’ – Pieter Walser

Pieter breaks all the rules in the book. He blends varieties that one wouldn’t expect, across regions, all at the whim of his creative genius. You don’t need to be a wine geek to enjoy his wines, however. Each one is produced in an elegant, highly-drinkable style and offers tremendous value both on the table and in the glass.

'In remembrance to 'Tas' - BLANK out the cultivar - remove preconceptions. As we all know, clothes maketh not the man. This is a single varietal red wine.' – Pieter Walser

Tasting notes:
'This joyous Breedekloof Cinsault has introduced countless wine drinkers to the joy of this resurrected Cape variety. Pale and very subtle, it’s a red wine for white wine drinkers who are thinking of expanding their repertoire. Just so damned drinkable, with wonderful fruit purity. 2018-23.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2018, 93/100

Winemakers notes:
'As we move along in this adventure called life, we're (hopefully) increasingly exposed to fine and fascinating wines. We forget quickly and the days of getting excited when opening a bottle of Tassenberg is long gone. So it was then, that in February 1994 I walked into Western Cape Liquor Store in Stellenbosch and bought my first bottle of TAS for R3.50. In the (student) years to follow, I partook in a lot of Tassenberg drinking (to put it mildly).

All that drinking gave me ample opportunity for reflection and I came to the conclusion that I wasn't particularly fond of the whole wine, but there was one flavour component in the wine which I loved. That flavour component reminded me of fresh strawberries - a sweet, green, wholesome sort of freshness.

In 1997 I completed a month-long harvest stint in the (then) capital city of Tassenberg - Eersterivier Wine Cellar, Stellenbosch. We literally made hundreds of thousands of litres of Tassenberg. This is where the light went on for me and I finally identified the grape which produces my mysterious fresh strawberry component. It was Cinsaut! Ever since then I’d had the dream of producing a Cinsaut that tastes exactly the way I would like to remember TAS. The first straight Cinsaut I bottled was in 2007 - a Wellington Cinsaut as part of the Educational Range. The wine was good but not exactly the style I was after.

Not long thereafter, I received a tip-off from a well-respected winemaker friend about a little Cinsaut vineyard located in the lesser-known Breedekloof Valley. At that stage, the grapes went to a big cooperative winery where it basically disappeared into cheap red blends. So I took the plunge and bought some grapes.

Cinsaut is known as a varietal which produces lots of grapes per hectare. Besides the fact that Cinsaut has huge bunches, it also has massive berries. You therefore have much less skin-versus-juice contact and therefore end up with a lighter coloured (red) wine. I had the grapes ferment in small open-top French oak barrels and aged it in the same barrels for a year before being bottled.

Today, 7 vintages down the line, I’m releasing the new Mykoffer 2017 - a straight Breedekloof Cinsaut - with cherries and strawberries, it has a feminine elegance to it with a surprisingly intense personality - So with all the emotions connected to a first love, I present “My TASSENBERG”, “My TAS" - BLANKbottle mykoffer 2017 - a suitcase full of memories.' – Pieter Walser

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Country

ZA

Region

Breedekloof

Style

Red

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