Wine Swartland Revolution has spread through South Africa

My first tasting during my recent trip to South Africa was poolside at my hotel with Pieter Walser. His wine, and his approach to making wine, was not what I was expecting.

Under his label, Blankbottle, Walser (who, I found out later, is also an excellent surfer) sources the best grapes he can find around South Africa’s many regions, and makes wines that he feels are representative of each place. These are not even region-specific wines, but vineyard-specific ones, made with grapes like grenache blanc and fernão pires that I didn’t even know are grown in the country.

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