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I Wish I Was a Ninja 2021 — Colombard


A Wine That

was born for camping in fields - for day drinking, day raves and electronic music. With its super bright acidity and lime, pear & pineapple aromas, this matches the green laser beams at a music festival, and it will have you dancing just as quickly. Pack your backpack, ice bucket and unitard, we're heading to Glastonbury in a bottle.

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  • Winemaker: Testalonga
I Wish I Was a Ninja — Colombard - 2021

South Africa












Decomposed Granite



Where and How?

This cuvée comes from a vineyard of Colombard planted in 1994, tended organically by Craig. The grapes and the farming method means that he is able to produce wines with consistent low pH levels (higher acid) - the ideal for sparkling wine - not always easy in this climate.

The wine was fermented naturally in stainless steel to preserve freshness, and bottled early - pét-nat style - to finish its fermentation in the bottle, producing bubbles. Unfined, unfiltered and without any sulphur additions.

The Winemaker

Craig grew up in East South Africa, near Durban, in an area where there are very few vineyards. His childhood dream was to become a game ranger and to work in conservation. It was only after school that he was introduced to the notion of viticulture, through his brother Neil. At school, the only subject Craig had got straight As in was art - whereas the sciences lingered at Bs - so he was sold on the idea of being able to work with nature, transforming that into a liquid, and to sell that liquid via a label designed himself.

Today, you can find Craig and Carla Hawkins in the true Swartland wilderness – 100km north of the hub of the Paadeberg, in an area called Piketberg. This is true rural Africa; not many human beings are here, but rather wildlife in abundance. Together with 84 other farms, they are working on a project with the Cape Leopard trust, to track the movement of leopards and to investigate their interaction with farm animals. Thus, Craig has unwittingly fulfilled his childhood dream synonymously with farming vines and making wine. 

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