2015 The White Bomb NV
Wine of Origin
77% Viognier and 28% Semillon
Wine Maker: Pieter H. Walser
Total Acidity: NA
Total Production: NA
Owning a farm limits you to the vineyards on your specific farm. I love traveling and experiencing many different areas. I want to make area specific wines, wines that will be ambassadors for areas. I harvest 55 tons from 47 vineyards; 26 different varietals and growing – anything from Fernao Pirez to Cabernet. In the 2015 harvest, I drove 13 000 killometers in 100 days to pick my grapes.
This is a Stellenbosch and Elgin blend of super ripe Viognier and Semillon – not for the faint of heart. This wine can only be produced in years of extreme climatic conditions. Truth is, in such years, you inevitably end up with a few big, high-alcohol, huge extraction wines.
Vinification and Aging
It all started in 2011 with one German, the Hinterhofkabuff and a 2010 Stellenbosch-cast-away-in-the-corner red wine called THE BOMB. With an alcohol of 16.24 I thought the wine had no future. I was very wrong. So towards the middle of 2012 my phone rang and a German accent from Frankfurt said: “Pieter, I need a WHITE BOMB – a high octane white wine that’s over the top in every aspect, yet balanced”. So my first WHITE BOMB was released in 2013. The Platter tasting person said it’s like a belly dancer and gave it 4 out of 5. In 2013 I had no bomb’y wines in the cellar but the 2014 vintage produced 3 batches. 2 Viogniers, one from either side of Stellenbosch and a bit of Semillon from Elgin.
This installment of “The White Bomb” is a blend of aromatic Stellenbosch Viognier, and weighty, yet bright Elgin Semillon. Ripe peaches and orange blossoms on the nose pave the way for a healthy dose of beeswax and hints of hazelnut. This is not a timid bottle of wine. Soul warming and complex, this is a perfect bottle for rich shellfish or pork dishes. As long as the weight of meal matches the weight of the wine, the pairing will remain in balance. Anything too light would be blown away by “The White Bomb.”
2015 Vintage Notes
This wine is a blend of multiple vintages and is therefore not indicative of any single vintage in the bottle.