2015 The Blacksmith "Vin Noir" Carignan-Grenache Blend Swartland (Previously $25)

SKU #1281653

The Blacksmith is a small project by Tremayne Smith, who trained as a chef before following his passion and becoming a winemaker. The Vin Noir blend is 42% Carignan, 29% Cinsault and 29% Grenache. It's made with natural yeasts and is not filtered or fined.

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2017 | Send Email
I really enjoyed drinking this Beaujolais-like wine, with its strawberry aromatics, along with what I call "petit fruit du bois" or wild berries. The palate though it shows an unexpected spiciness, black pepper, but still keeping its juiciness. A very good choice for an Indian dinner, or with a plate of charcuterie.

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.