Colombard is a very common variety in South Africa – the vast majority of which is fairly uninteresting and distilled into brandy (South Africa is one of the top 10 brandy-consuming countries). Tremayne has managed to conjure up an electric wine of tension and brightness with his version. Being off-dry with a low pH and alcohol, it has more in common with a Kabinett Riesling than many South African white wines.
Drink alongside a green papaya salad.
Varietal / Blend: Colombar/Colombard
Farming Practices: Sustainable
Winemaker Tremayne Smith started The Blacksmith in 2014 and it is a very small production label. He was inspired by using varieties such as Cinsault, Carignan and Grenache, both locally and during his travels abroad. The Blacksmith's philosophy is to make natural wines that are both appealing and soul-satisfying.