BLANKbottle Professor Kukurowitz 2014

South Africa

 

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We would love to tell you what grapes are in this, unfortunately no one knows - our best guess based on the taste and where it was grown is is Chenin Blanc. All we know is it is made from a field blend put together by the mysterious Professor Kukurowitz and while the identify of these grapes may be a mystery the quality of these grapes is not. So this is the story. Long long ago, 52 years to be exact, a Professor from the University of Stellenbosch traversed the Western Cape of South Africa in search of great vineyards. Once he had identified some, he then selected plant material. From that he reproduced little vines at the University, made wine from the grapes and ultimately selected the best of what he had. He then went to farmers in different climatical conditions (terroir) and asked them to plant little vineyards as experiments. The slopes of the Groenberg in Wellington was one of these sites. And then he died. Before disclosing to anyone what he had planted! So for the next 49 years all the grapes from that vineyard went to a large Cooperative winery in Wellington and disappeared into tons of Chenin blanc. Then Pieter Walser, the mastermind behind BLANKbottle turned up, bought the lot and Professor Kukurowitz legacy lives on. Anyway, what we can say for sure is Professor Kukurowitz is a brilliant quality solid wine, with great pear and white peach fruit aromas and flavours. There is a creamy silky oakyness that leads to a pure and focused wonderfully long and pithy finish. It's a total triumph. This wine works brilliantly well paired with a Sunday roast Chicken.  

Country: South Africa
Region: Wellington
ABV: 12% Vol/ABV
Grapes: Chenin Blanc (....maybe)
Volume: 75cl
Vintage: 2014

 

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