I Wish I Was A Ninja 2019
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
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.
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.