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Testalonga 'El Bandito' Chenin Blanc

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A Swartland Chenin with so much complexity and depth it's like an explosion in your mouth. Old vine Chenin Blanc with 4 weeks skin contact gives it a boisterous, grippy tannin, loads of complexity and a real depth of flavour. This wine tastes of tropical fruit and pears, with a salinity that lends a pleasantly savoury undertone. It has a vibrant citrus notes and a herbal bitterness on the finish. A fascinating wine that gets better and better with every sip.

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South Africa
750 ml
Grape Varieties:
  • 100% Chenin Blanc
Testalonga 'El Bandito' Skin Contact Chenin Blanc
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Craig Hawkins is a maverick. After travelling extensively in Portugal and Austria learning his craft he returned to South Afica and became the wine maker at top Swartland estate Lammershoek. Now along with wife Carla, they creating some exciting wines with their own project at Testalonga. Craig has been one of the leading lights in the natural wine movement in the country and his watchword is always 'experimentation'. His travels opened his eyes to the world of natural wine making as he discovered 'real' wines that he loved to drink and that had a purity he hadn't encountered in conventional wine making. His influences include Tom Lubbe (Domain Matassa, Roussillon) and Dirk Niepoort who really opened his eyes to the importance of acidity in wines from a warm climate.

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