2020 The Empire Strikes Back, Blank Bottle

The 2020 Empire Strikes Back is a blend of Verdelho, Marsanne, Viognier, Roussanne, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, and is fragrant, textured, and impressively long. There’s a ripeness to the fruit here, but it’s not overblown: rather, it’s all about layers of flavour and precision on the saline finish. It’s a brilliant South African white: one to discover.

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Case, 6 Bottles
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  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Maturity
    Ready 2021 - 2030
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  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 The Empire Strikes Back, Blank Bottle
Blank Bottle

Pieter Walser conceived Blank Bottle as “an honest wine brand that had no limitations”. Anything is possible here: style of wine, region, and even grape varieties. In any given vintage, he might produce more than 40 individual cuvées, and he estimates that at any moment 50% of his output is a single bottling, never to be recreated. In 2017, he harvested 100 tonnes of grapes from 60 vineyards, spanning 35 varieties. Despite this breadth, his wines are beautifully considered and focused: some of the most exciting we try each year.

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