Chin Up MAGNUM Cinsault Baby Bandito 2022

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All occasions

Looks, Smells, Tastes like:

Bright, Fruity, Crunchy

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Chin Up Magnum Cinsault Testalonga Baby Bandito, full of character with juicy red cherry, liquorice and strawberry and just a very subtle hint of white pepper. Low alcohol at 11.5% and delicate in colour, yet still complex enough to stand up to a spiced Thai salad I ate while drinking this Cinsault.  Chin Up Cinsault Testalonga Baby Bandito is Very natural in taste and easy drinking. Would also be delicious chilled.

Craig Hawkins says: ‘Baby Bandito is a project we started in 2015. We wanted to work with vineyards that deliver wines that can be drunk young yet still ‘over deliver’ in quality one would expect from our most affordable wine. There was a heavy influence from street artists (the good ones, not just your drunk student defacing someone’s wall, unless it was good) in the labels and the idea of a ‘series’ using different and bright colours. The names of the wines come from expressions that we use as if giving encouragement to a child. Chin Up is the most recent addition. The photograph was taken by my brother Mark (with permission) whilst on holiday in Vietnam.’

‘ Planted in 1981, bush vine (un-trellised and dryland), farmed organically. This is a 3ha block on the farm of Rick Mcgrindle. It yields large but delicate grapes with thin skins of a pale complexion.  The final wine is excellent quality with great concentration and freshness.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Natural, Organic
Producer Craig Hawkins Testalonga
Country South Africa
Region Swartland, SA
Vintage 2022
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Light bodied
Grape Cinsault
Alcohol 11.5%
Total Sulphur Below 50 mg/litre
Annual Production 5 - 10,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 4-5 years
Food Matching Charcuterie, Light Dishes and Salads, Oily Fish, Poultry

Craig Hawkins is a young winemaker based in the Swartland, South Africa, where he makes delicious natural wines at his farm called Banditskloof.

Having travelled extensively throughout Europe, and then worked as wine maker for Lammershoek, he now makes makes a huge variety of different wines under his own Testalonga label and has his own vines at the beautifully named 'Banditsskloof' farm in Swartland.  These are beautiful, natural hand-crafted wines from low yielding organic vines.  Craig only uses wild ferments and nothing is added except a little SO2 at bottling in some but not all the wines and vintages.

Over the years, Craig has expanded his repertoire and now makes some 15 different Cuvee including some delicious Pet Nat sparklers.  His wines continue to promote natural freshness, balance and quality and increasingly, a more precise and refined style.  The superb El Bandito Skin Contact Chenin Blanc is a very different wine from 12 years ago when we first tasted it and much more elegant and easy drinking.

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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Chin Up MAGNUM Cinsault Baby Bandito 2022