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BLANKbottle Hinterhofkabuff 2021

R375.00 inc. VAT
"Some of my German clients think that the "branding" of "IM HINTERHOFKABUFF" was neatly thought through, specially and specifically designed to enter and crack the German wine market for BLANKbottle. And yes, the fact that I called the wine a dialect/regional/nickname sort of German name does make the wine sell in Germany. But the truth is that I cannot take credit for it at all, I am just not all that strategical. The truth is: it fell in my lap.Early in 2010, a journalist writing for a huge German magazine called the "Stern" phoned me. He was writing an article on South African wineries to visit, aiming it at touring soccer world cup fans. At the time and still today my office is located next to my winery in a very old dilapidated barn type of building. When I moved in I transferred the run-down barn into a personal office/lounge with a nice Friday braai facility at the back. No flags, no signage, no fountains - just a run-down building with skew walls and heaps of soul.I told that very persistent German journalist that he could not meet me at the office, that we should rather try a coffee shop. It's much nicer. As you know, some people don't take no for an answer, and he was one of them. So he came out to the farm, loved all of it and spent almost 3 hours with me tasting wine and taking pictures.Three months later my sister-in-law living in Switzerland phoned me to say that there was a massive article on South African wineries in the Stern and that BLANKbottle featured. So she emailed me the article and with the help of family, I started to decipher the article. This guy kept on using the word HINTERHOFKABUFF whenever he referred to my office. So I looked it up. In old Berlin, Germany, a typical residential property would have the main house where the owner lived, and then had a sort of second house at the back called the HINTERHOF where a second family would live. And at the back of the HINTERHOF, they usually had a KABUFF. Which was a little garden sort of shack-house for the very poor people to live in. So the direct translation of HINTERHOFKABUFF - BACKYARDSHACK...I took an immediate liking to the name and my mom made a sign for my office. "The Hinterhofkabuff". So when I made my first Weisser Riesling, a varietal that originated in the Rhine Valley Germany - it was logical to find a proper German name for it. Hence: Im Hinterhofkabuff!" - Winemaker's notes

Dönnhoff Riesling “Niederhauser Hermannshohle” Spätlese 2018

R760.00 inc. VAT
"The 2018 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese is deep and flinty as well as complex on the stony nose with its ripe and even stewed peach aromas. Silky, lush and refined on the palate, this is a concentrated yet pure, crystalline and delicate Riesling Spätlese with a long and complex, very mineral and filigreed, lingering salty finish. Highly stimulating and fresh. A gorgeous Spätlese from the famous Hermannshöhle. Tasted in July 2019." - Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate

Dönnhoff Riesling “Feinherb” 2018

R299.00 inc. VAT
"Delightful off-dry Riesling with nuanced natural sweetness and sophisticated acidity." - Winemaker's notes

Dönnhoff Riesling “Tonschiefer” Trocken 2018

R360.01 inc. VAT
"The 2018 Riesling Trocken Tonschiefer is ripe, clear and generous on the bright and juicy nose. Lush and piquant on the palate, this is a round yet crystalline, persistently salty Riesling with stunning power. Tasted in July 2019."- Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate

Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2006 (187ml)

R1,495.00 inc. VAT
"Trockenbeerenauslese (TRAW-ken Bear-en OWS-lay-zuh) is German for “dried berry selection.” This is the most labor-intensive and intensely concentrated wine that we can produce. It is made by individually selecting only the fully shriveled, botrytis-affected grapes and pressing them very slowly to yield a tiny bit of ultra-dense nectar. The wine has a multi-layered, deeply complex aroma of fruits and is so intensely sweet on the palate that it makes you shudder. But once again, Riesling’s naturally brilliant acidity keeps the wine lively and freshening." - Producer Note

Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling “Graacher Himmelreich” Spätlese MAGNUM 2018

R1,305.01 inc. VAT
"The 2018 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese is discreet yet deep and complex on the elegant and spicy nose that exhibits very fine stone fruit aromas. Round, lush and piquant on the palate, this is a crystalline, piquant, persistently salty and stimulating Himmelreich with fine tannins on the finish that add grip and a very light, food-friendly astringency that moderates away the sweetness. Still young, this is a Spätlese to serve with food in 10-15 years. Tasted at the domain in September 2020." - Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate

Dr. Loosen Riesling “Red Slate” Trocken 2018

R260.00 inc. VAT
Dr. Loosen Riesling “Red Slate” Trocken 2018, "Smoky and stony notes mingle with fresh apple and lime on the nose, and that cast of characters reemerges on a polished palate to deliver tangy animation and considerable mineral interest. Erden-typical green herbal notes add to the appeal, and this finishes with admirable persistence as well as more than adequate refreshment. (This bottling, sourced primarily from Erden and Lösnich, is known as “Rotschiefer” in German-speaking markets.)" - David Schildknecht, Vinous