Colombar is a white wine variety better known for the production of distilled wines, such as brandy and cognac. It is one of the most planted varieties in South Africa and was developed from a crossing of Chenin blanc with Heunisch Weiss (also known as Gouias blanc). This fairly neutral grape, once preferred solely for brandy production (notably Armagnac) and it is planted globally. Generally blended with other grapes, for easy-drinking table wine result. Colombard is often blended with Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay to produce a tart, mouth-watering white that pairs excellently with lighter fair from salads to sushi. This variety does best under warm climatic conditions. It is planted in all the wine producing regions of South Africa, with the Olifants River, Northern Cape, Robertson and Breedekloof accounting for the largest areas under production. It is a vigorous grower, with an average yield potential of 15 t/ha to 20 t/ha. Higher yields are achieved in some regions. Grapes ripen late midseason, from the first half of March.
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