Moment of Silence 2014WELLINGTON Chenin blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier. The Chardonnay in the blend is still from Twyfeling and the Chenin is from Professor Kukurowitz - a block named after the professor who field-selected, multiplied and planted the vineyard more than 50 years ago. The third component, Viognier, is from a small block on the foothills of Groenberg. The Story
This is a transition year for Moment of Silence. The 2014 is a blend of WELLINGTON Chenin blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier. Since 2007, the grapes for this wine were mainly from 3 sites. I decided that the only way to take the wine to the next level is to break the wine down into smaller sites, more sites - keeping the production and cultivars the same but pick from 7 sites instead of only 3. So 2014 was the transition year. I brought in only one new component, going from 3 to 4 sites - as a test. I personally feel that we need more and in 2015 I brought in 3 more. So, to get to my point: there is a slight style change from the 2013 to the 2014, in my eyes a good change. In 2015 you can expect an even greater style change - but trust me we are going into the right direction; revealing the true potential of WELLINGTON terroir. So bear with me. The 2015 is now in barrel and I achieved my goal. The future is promising for this wine. The story: At tastings I often get the question: "How do you conceptualize new wines?" Although normally a firm believer in strategic planning, when it comes to new wines, I plan NOT to plan. You can never force a wine, you just need to follow the road you're on. The journey normally starts with a friend, which typically leads to another friend, new areas and vineyards. Ultimately I end up with a wine that expresses the journey more than the actual destination, a combination of these people and their habitat. The perfect example of such a wine is the Moment of Silence. It's been a journey of epic proportion from the first vintage in 2007 until today - the release of the 2014 vintage. It all started off with a friend, Jan de Villiers, who took me to Wellington. To be honest, I wasn't too keen on the area at first but by lunchtime that day I had completely changed my view. At the time I was not aware of it, but I was sitting at the original Hauptfleisch family table (more than 200 years old) and about to buy Chardonnay from a farm called Twyfeling (originally also owned by the Hauptfleisch family, 230 years ago). What makes this so significant is that my second name is Hauptfleisch, hence the H. in Pieter H. Walser. It refers to my mom's maiden surname. And the Hauptfleisch family that owned Twyfeling turned out to be my direct family, 7 generations ago... I only discovered this 2 years after that first day in Welllington - quite a confirmation don't you think? Since 2007, the Moment of Silence has evolved into a area-specific white blend. The Chardonnay in the blend is still from Twyfeling and the Chenin is from Professor Kukurowitz - a block named after the professor who field-selected, multiplied and planted the vineyard 51 years ago. The third component, Viognier, is from a small block on the foothills of Groenberg. All these varietals fermented spontaneously in OLD french oak barrels. It was aged a year in barrel on the lees, blended and bottled. It's NOT your typical wooded wine. You can hardly taste the wood. The wine is fresh! It represents and express the vineyards from Wellington, NOT the barrels from France...Technical InformationVintage: 2014How to order
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