Follow Your Dreams Carignan Baby Bandito Testalonga 2022

Follow Your Dreams
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Follow Your Dreams Carignan Baby Bandito Testalonga, natural wine, fresh and precise with cherry and raspberry flavours. Balanced yet grippy. The grapes are hand harvested and then crushed and whole bunch naturally wild yeast fermented with only a smidge of SO2 at bottling. 100% malolactic fermentation. A light clarifying filtration was done but the wine is un-fined

‘Planted in 2001, bush vine (un-trellised), farmed organically. This is a block that is fairly vigorous for the dry soils of the Swartland and produces a good amount of high-quality grapes with very juicy large berries. We try keep as many leaves as possible to shade the block as it can suffer from sunburn.’

Craig 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 images and bright colours. The names of the wines come from expressions that we use as if giving encouragement to a child. ‘Follow your Dreams’ is a quote made famous by the street artist, Banksy, who says ‘All art is stolen’ so we stole his quote. The photograph was taken by my brother Mark (with permission) whilst on holiday in Vietnam.’

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 Medium bodied
Grape Carignan
Terroir Granite
Alcohol 12v
Maturation Whole bunch press, aged in Foudre
Total Sulphur 23 mg/l
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Can age 5-10 years
Food Matching Poultry, Red Meat, Spicy Foods

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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  1. Richard


    An enjoyable drink, pure fruit, not in the least complex but for me it didn’t taste enough like wine, which makes it too expensive.

  2. john


    Enjoyed this wine a lot as I am a fan of the lighter jug style reds. This one has a bit more going on, it is on the fruity side but is very well rounded, if a bit on the pricey side.

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  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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Follow Your Dreams Carignan Baby Bandito Testalonga 2022