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Testalonga: El Bandito Cortez Chenin
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Testalonga: El Bandito Cortez Chenin


“The vineyard, planted in 1972, is a special one as it has been farmed organically since 2001 and every year, good or bad, gives a tension we sometimes don’t find in our other wines [as much]. This, I think, is due to the high percentage of quartz in the soil.”

The wine was fermented and aged in 500L old French foudre and a single 1500L stainless steel tank for six months, then blended together and placed back into wood and stainless steel.

This wine isn’t as Fragrant as some of his other wines, but it is delicate, balanced and full of vibrant citrus. An amazing expression of Chenin

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Craig Hawkins is the South African Rebel of Wine. Like everything in South Africa, the wine industry has changed loads after Apartheid, and has yet to realise its full potential. During Apartheid, there was one central wine authority, Koöperatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging van Zuid-Afrika Bpkt (KWV). Think of it like an AOC or GI on crack. They controlled almost all aspects of production and export, until the end of Apartheid when the KWV was privatised allowing winemakers more breathing room and control of their Vineyards.

Cue Craig; unlike other Natural Wine Producers, he consistently confounds South African authorities to the point of even occasionally being denied export licenses. His wines have great length and acidity. Like all Great Natural Wines, no Sulphur, no Additives, and Indigenous Yeasts.


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