Testalonga El Bandito Skin Contact (Orange Wine) 2023

El Bandito Skin Contact
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The weekend

Looks, Smells, Tastes like:

Orange, Funky, Fun

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£32.00

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Testalonga El Bandito Skin contact, organic orange wine, elegant, fresh, fascinating. The skin contact from Craig Hawkins is evolving into a much more elegant style of orange wine. Less skin contact time and maturation leads to a fresher style, paler colour and a more elegant wine.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Natural, Organic
Producer Craig Hawkins Testalonga
Country South Africa
Region Swartland, SA
Vintage 2023
Wine Type Orange Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Chenin Blanc
Terroir From Boschgassfontein, aka the old Observatory Vineyard, planted in early ‘70s. With soils consist of old decomposing granite interspersed with quartz.
Alcohol 12% ABV
Maturation Fermented with 5 weeks skin contact and lots of lees stirring.
Total Sulphur 26mg/l
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Very good

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. Molly

    5.0

    This wine goes down a treat–it’s far and away one of my favourite orange wines.

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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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Testalonga El Bandito Skin Contact (Orange Wine) 2023

£32.00