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Blankbottle Nothing to Declare
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Blankbottle Nothing to Declare 2016

Western Cape, South AfricaOnce again, showing why South Africa is the most experimental, avant garde and exciting region in the world for wines at the moment. This is Pieter Walser's latest version of Nothing to Declare, made in tribute to the vine smugglers that had to sneak around to make wines they wanted to, from grapes they wanted to work with. This certainly qualifies with a non-conforming wine. He blends marsanne, fernão pires, viura, clairette blanche, roussanne, grenache blanc, grenache gris and viognier from around the Western Cape into an alluring, herbal and anise licked affair, with silken quince, Sicilian lemon, pear, peach blossom, apricot fuzz. Moderate acidity works to keeps it fresh, while the Southern Rhone / Portuguese whites' heft holds it full on the oily, fynbos-scented, 13.5 degrees palate. Joy to drink.Tasted: 05 November 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 36.00 private wine shops Producer: BlankbottleDistributors: Lifford Wine and Spirits
Blend: Marsanne - Fernão Pires - Viura - Clairette Blanche - Roussanne - Grenache Blanc - Grenache Gris - ViognierCSPC: 163715UPC: 808755017829