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    BLANKbottle "Oppie-Koppie" '17

    South Africa

    BLANKbottle "Oppie-Koppie" '17

    You won’t find the varieties that go into any bottle of BLANKbottle listed on the label, and that’s at least in part because its winemaker and founder, Pieter Walser, doesn’t want you to know what they are before tasting the wine. It’s a way to soften any preconceived notions you might have of a wine before you taste it, so that you focus instead on its quality. In other words, it’s a “don’t judge a book by its cover” approach. And while we at Perman support that premise, we’re also going to do the opposite and note the varieties of “Oppie-Koppie” here, so be forewarned.

    Pieter sources grapes for his wines from vineyards throughout the Western Cape, and Oppie-Koppie is a red blend of two varieties, Shiraz and Cinsaut. As Pieter explains, one day while walking through a biodynamically farmed Shiraz vineyard, named Oppie-Koppie (“on the hill”), in Voor-Paardeberg, he munched on the stem of a grape bunch and, intrigued by its peppery spice, decided to use some of the whole bunches in the fermentation process to extract some of the spice. He’s done this in various proportions for several vintages of the Shiraz—also using natural yeast and crushing the bunches through foot stomping, then aging the wine in barrel for a year—and for the 2017, he added small amounts of Shiraz from the Swartland and Cinsaut from the Breedekloof. Pieter believes that using ripened stems also adds freshness and tannins to the wine, and describes it as “Northern Rhône–like in style, super spicy with nice grip.” What’s not to love about that?

    While what’s on the label is less important than the wine itself, it’s not surprising that Pieter’s talents also include designing the artwork. Appropriately, this design is based on a pencil drawing he made of an old film camera photographing a grape stem. He alters the drawing according to the vintage and the amount of stems included in the wine, so for the 2017 he blackened out 20 percent of the stem, indicating that the fermentation process of the wine included 80 percent whole bunches. But don’t judge the wine but its label. Try it!

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    South Africa

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