Blank Bottle Winery Helter Skelter NV

This white wine has carried on the West Pier theme on it's label. It is called Helter Skelter, and has been bottled to celebrate 40 years of the Butlers Wine Cellar. As well as a nod to the iconic seafront ride Helter Skelter, it refers to the sometimes chaotic, topsy turvy, but never boring life at Butlers.
This is a quirky, unique wine. It is 100% Viognier, a grape variety which many of you will be familiar with, but bottled with a difference. Pieter has access to a block of Viognier on the Helderburg mountains, facing Stellenbosch. Half the fruit of this wine was picked in 2017, half of which was picked early, half picked late, all of this was then aged in oak. This comprises 50% of this wine. The second half was 2018 fruit, all of which was picked early, it was also aged in oak, then blended with the 2017 fruit. I hope this makes sense! The wine has to be labelled Non Vintage, because it is a blend of two different harvests. 

We loved this wine, it has some of the peachy characteristics you might expect from this grape variety, but it also has texture, and elegance, with some fresh acidity running through it. It isn't as super rich as you might expect, it is more refined than that, a great drinker. Low sulphur.

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