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Retirement @65 2016


For the first 65 years that this mountainside vineyard in Darling, South Africa, has existed, it has been ravaged by birds, bad weather and sheep. The Cinsault grapes had never found their way into a wine, with most of them being fed to the farmer’s pigs. That was until Pieter H. Walser stepped in, helping the owner to cover it with beak-proof nets and build a fence around it to keep the woolly blighters out. In 2016, just as the vineyard came to the retirement age of 65 years, it produced its first meaningful crop, which became Retirement @65. Dangerously drinkable and only 12% ABV, this is one for the natural wine fans. Fresh, perfumed and almost Pinot Noir-like, it’s all raspberry, blackberry, cranberry, geranium leaf, dried herbs and wildflowers. Screaming out to be served lightly chilled at your next barbeque. 

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.

£3.93 per 100.00ml

SKU No.: 2821687

Style No.: 706237

Country: South Africa
Region: Darling
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
Closure: Cork
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12%
Volume: 750ml
Allergens: Sulphites

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