Quote: Pieter Walzer, owner and winemaker of Blank Bottle
“Clothes maketh not the man; judge my wines on what’s in the bottle, not the varietal on the label.
When and how did BLANKbottle start? In 2004, a lady came to my house (then also my office) to buy wine. She asked for anything but Shiraz. “I don’t drink Shiraz”, were her exact words. I poured her a glass of wine. She loved it and bought 3 cases. It was a straight Shiraz. It’s a fact – we do judge the book by its cover.When I started BLANKbottle, my goal was to create an honest wine brand that had no limitations when it came to style, vintage, area or cultivars in order to break down any preconceived expectations. Having no indication of cultivar on the bottle makes this possible. Not only does it demand complete honesty when it comes to quality, but it allows me the opportunity to introduce once-off limited runs of interesting wines. Its flexibility turned out to be BLANKbottle’s edge. Something for someone with an open mind and an adventurous heart. OFFSPRING, the child of Dad OrbitofrontalCortex and Mom Limbic (not the leftovers all thrown together – if I feel that a component doesn’t quite measure up, it gets demoted to a leftover tank which I sell as bulk wine). This OFFSPRING was thoughtfully blended with all the little bits that did not make their way into the other wines. All the components were made separately. As the grapes came into the winery, it was pressed and the juice went straight to tank. It received no additions and from there went straight to older french oak barrels, underwent spontaneous fermentation, stayed in barrel for one year, received a small amount of sulpher, got blended and finally bottled”.