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Charioted by wit perdjies. New BLANKbottle Chardonnay

Great Domaines Seelug

Pictured above: Seelug label in the making on Pieter Walser’s work table

 

Seelug is the maiden release of a single vineyard Chardonnay from Pieter Walser’s BLANKbottle Winery. The vineyard is situated on the foothills of the Helderberg, facing False Bay. Pieter works closely with the farmer and viticulturist Francois Hanekom (of Samaritaan) to produce a truly distinctive Chardonnay. Just over 2,500 bottles were produced, from four rows of this vineyard. We are very excited to have received an allocation of Seelug from BLANKbottle. Today marks the official release from Great Domaines, along with the 2022 vintage of Familiemoord and The Pink Bomb, both W.O. Piekenierskloof Grenache noir wines.

Dear Reader,

Pieter Walser doesn’t talk of sea breezes flippantly.

I have never been in a vineyard where you can feel the cold, sea breeze…feel it on your skin…except for this vineyard. The one day I was standing in the vineyard and the offshore was blowing…and then the wind direction changed to onshore…and you could see the wit perdjies on the surface of the water. As the onshore hit the vineyard, I could feel on my skin this cool, salty air. Pieter Walser of BLANKbottle Winery

Picked exclusively by hand, the Chardonnay grapes from this single vineyard were cooled overnight at the winery. The next morning, they were pressed as whole-bunches and the juice allowed to undergo spontaneous fermentation in older French oak barrels, with a portion of 40% new oak barrels. The wine spent 10 months on its lees, before all components were racked off, blended and then bottled.

The 2022 Seelug is a Chardonnay of poise and energy. The new oak is fully integrated into the wine – testament to the quality of this vineyard and its fruit (much like a fully fit Springbok loose forward putting in 80 minutes at full tilt). There is a distinctive saline character to the wine, rendering it wonderfully fresh and bright.

Along with the 2022 Seelug, we are very excited to share news of the 2022 vintage of The Pink Bomb and Familiemoord. Both of these wines are 100% Grenache noir, produced from the same high-altitude, single old bush vine vineyard in the Piekenierskloof.

Last year, the cases of Pink Bomb hardly touched our cellar floor before it was all gone. This rosé of Grenache noir is that good! The grapes are 100% de-stemmed, pressed and transferred to open-top fermenter tanks. As the tanks filled, the free-run juice was pumped out and allowed to undergo spontaneous fermentation in older French oak barrels. The wine spent 10 months on its lees, before being racked off and bottled.

If you do not yet know the story behind the name of the wine, Familiemoord, be sure to go over to the BLANKbottle Winery website and listen to Pieter’s voice note. The wine, as mentioned above, is 100% Grenache noir and from the same vineyard as The Pink Bomb. Don’t be fooled – the Familiemoord is just as drinkable now as The Pink Bomb rosé. Pieter’s astute work with this vineyard means he simply guides the fruit from soil to bottle. This Grenache noir is elegant, juicy and disarmingly perfumed. Believe us, no sooner will you pull the cork than will you see the bottom of the bottle.

Pieter produces over forty different wines, from special vineyard sites across the Western Cape. We understand that this makes it more challenging to keep track of what wine is what. That is where we come in. We will be breaking Pieter’s new wines down across a handful of releases and, like we have done today, unpack each one. We encourage you to be part of the journey.

Great Domaines Blankbottle

BLANKbottle Winery
Seelug 2022

Chardonnay
W.O. Stellenbosch

(2,504 bottles produced)

R 350 per bottle 

BLANKbottle Winery
The Pink Bomb 2022

Grenache noir rosé
W.O. Piekenierskloof

(1,379 bottles produced)

R 255 per bottle 

BLANKbottle Winery
Familiemoord 2022

Grenache noir
W.O. Piekenierskloof

(1,798 bottles produced)

R 310 per bottle