I am the Ninja 2020
A Wine That
reminds you of the line "It's Electrifying!" in Grease's smash hit 'You're The One That I Want.' Razor-sharp, like a beam of acidity with a mineral sea shell edge, this will get you dancing Grease Lightning style, that's for sure.
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- Winemaker: Testalonga
Where and How?
This cuvée comes from a block of old Chenin Blanc bush vines (planted in 1961!) farmed organically by Craig.
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: Testalonga
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 (the sciences lingered at Bs), so he was sold on the artistic nature of farming, winemaking and label design.
He embarked upon a mission to define Swartlandish terroir, his own way. Through Eben Sadie, he met Rémy Pedreno (Roc d'Anglade), Dirk Niepoort & Dorli Muhr, and Tom Lubbe, all of whom have helped him sculpt his own path. While sleeping in a tent at Roc d'Anglade, Rémy handed him a bottle of Ligurian skin-contact Vermentino made by Antonio Perrino. It was a wine that would change everything, and a wine that would lead to the first South African skin contact wine.
Today, you can find Craig and Carla Hawkins in the true Swartland wilderness – 100km north of the hub of the Paardeberg, in an area called Piketberg on their new farm, Bandits Kloof. This is rural Africa; not many human beings are here, but rather wildlife exists 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.