BLANKbottle General "J" 2022 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Western Cape
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'A play on the beaujolais nouveau style of wines - the General J is easily the most smashable wine of the range. A blend of Cinsault, Pinot noir and Grenache, this wine shows bright red and black fruits with great texture and a pure, salty finish.' – Lauren Segers, September 2022

The Story:

Today I’m releasing General J. - a record time from grape to bottle… 4 months ago General J. was still blushing its red berry skin in the African sun. Today you have the opportunity to take it to your glass. In true BLANKBOTTLE fashion I could have actually called it “Kortpad glas toe" - a 2022 blend of Pinot Noir, Cinsaut and Grenache noir. 24 years ago for me, lightning struck - it was the vines of Alsace on the border of France and Germany that finally convinced me. From that moment forward, I wanted to be part of the rough life of a farmer and the process and eventual expression thereof in the classy, sophisticated product of wine. At the time I was working for Jean-Luc Meckert who has a small, family owned vineyard and cellar in Alsace. One evening at the end of harvest, as I entered the town square, I was handed a plastic cup filled with wine - the first of the season. To them, that plastic cup of wine resembled a celebration of a vintage that was embedded into the vine in deep winter, a vintage that battled against the winds and battened down the hatches as early heat waves struck with untimely rain. It represented a collective sigh of relief as the farmers took the grapes into the cellars of Alsace. These celebratory first wines of the season first started becoming very popular in the 1800's and a wine style in its own right was born. The most well known of these wines come from an area in France called Beaujolais, and they subsequently call these wines Beaujolais Nouveau. So today I invite you to the premier of our 2022 vintage - General J. 2022 - fresh, vibrant and young - the epitome of potential - the potential of another memorable vintage - now in its deep winter rest inside our cellar.
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Pieter Walser
Alcohol 12.5%
Blend information 39% Cinsault, 30.5% Pinot Noir and 30.5 % Grenache
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Technical analysis RS: 1.9 g/l | TA: 4.99 g/l | PH: 3.76
Producer information Pieter Walser is one of the world’s most innovative winemakers and produces some of South Africa’s most coveted wines that you’ve probably never tasted. Pieter crafts unique wine blends, picking about 35 grape varieties from 60 vineyards around the Cape. Each bottling is a unique and delicious snapshot of the vintage and vineyards and expresses BLANKbottle’s one-of-a-kind vinous vision. Each wine is bottled and labelled according to the story behind it and half will never make a re-appearance. The main aim of BLANKbottle wines is to provide an honest, personal taste with no preconceived expectations that come with certain vintages or styles.
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