This is gonzo winemaking – a cuvée which makes use of all the out-there, uncommon varieties that Pieter has uncovered on his adventures. To make things even better this cuvée is delicious with olive tapenade on toast and with fish like red mullet served with olive tapenade, or even just some fish with fresh leaves and a squeeze of lemon. Pieter conceived this wine as a tribute to the vine smugglers of South Africa – the risk-takers who have provided winemakers like Pieter and others of the new generation in South Africa the foundation to take this South African wines to new heights.
Why ‘Nothing to Declare’?* Back in the day, some of the most pioneering winemakers from South Africa, California and beyond would travel to Old World wine-producing countries they admired and take vine cuttings which they would smuggle back to their homeland by any means necessary. One method, depicted by Pieter on the label to his Nothing To Declare, was to tie the cuttings to their legs, under their trousers, and casually stroll through the exit marked ‘NOTHING TO DECLARE’ at the airport.
"Nothing to Declare is classic Pieter Walser, using his considerable skills as a grape sleuth and blender… Aged in the old wood that’s a feature of his style. Ginger, nutmeg and wild herb aromas segue into a palate that's pithy, mealy, saline and long." Tim Atkin MW, South African Special Report 2019
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