The Blacksmith The King’s Spirit 2017

By , 17 May 2018

The Blacksmith The Flash Series

The stuff of legend.

Tremayne Smith, of Fable Mountain Vineyards in Tulbagh, also makes wine under his own label called The Blacksmith, his latest release being The Flash Series. Tasting notes and ratings for two of the three wines as follows:

The Blacksmith The King’s Spirit 2017
Approximate retail price: R205
From Darling Chenin Blanc. A top note of honeysuckle before pear, white peach and a hint of lemon. Light bodied but intensely flavoured – good fruit concentration and fresh acidity before a savoury finish. Total production: 590 bottles. Alc: 12.5%.

Editor’s rating: 91/100.

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The Blacksmith The Basilisk 2017
Approximate retail price: R205
From Paarl Durif. Dark fruit, dried herbs, earth and spice on the nose. Super-concentrated yet pure and fresh, the tannins particularly grippy, the finish savoury. Total production: 680 bottles. Alc: 13%.

Editor’s rating: 90/100.

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The third wine, Bloodline 2017, a Méthode Ancestral from Cinsault, was not reviewed.

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