My Koffer 2016
There’s a very famous wine in South Africa called Tassenberg. ‘Good Old Tassies’, as it’s affectionately known, is made and sold in huge volumes (over four million litres a year). This is in part because of its very reasonable price, but mainly due to its extreme drinkability. A blend of Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, it was the first wine that BLANKBottle’s Pieter H. Walser bought with his own money. And he loved the memory of the old-style Tassenberg from back in the day, particularly the crunchy strawberry note from the Cinsault component. So, he decided to create his own version. That became My Koffer, meaning ‘my bag’ or ‘my suitcase’, and it’s one filled with memories and first loves. The fruit come from Breedekloof and it's pure Cinsault, which are big and juicy grapes, so you get very little colour from the skins. This results in a very light red, verging on rosé, but it’s an explosion of summer strawberry fields, fresh redcurrants, tangy red cherries, nutmeg, cinnamon and red liquorice. For us, this vegan-friendly wine is the ultimate lunchtime red.
Pieter Hauptfleisch Walser is probably one of the coolest guys on the planet. He’s a man who doesn’t know how to label himself. Winemaker, IT guy, marketer, négociant, surf dude, punk, artist, polymath… he’s all these things and more. He’s complicated, much like his wines, which also don’t give much away by their labels. His story began with a customer who came to see him and said she wanted to buy anything but Shiraz, because she wasn’t a fan of that particular grape. He listened to what kinds of things she preferred and ended up serving her a Shiraz that he hadn’t labelled yet. She loved it and went away with three cases. From there on, Peter decided not to provide too much information on his labels, so that the wine will be judged on just the quality and the way it tastes. He sometimes makes 30 different wines a year, half of which are one-offs never to be repeated. He travels all over the Western Cape uncovering an eclectic array of grapes and wines, he’s even made a blended wine by hooking himself up to an electroencephalogram (EEG) machine and measuring his emotional response to the taste of the components. His honest and experimental approach to winemaking has garnered him a cult following and listings everywhere from Chiltern Firehouse to Nobu, and of course at the OXO Tower.
£3.67 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2821686
Style No.: 706236
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