Testalonga Baby Bandito Stay Brave Chenin, skin contact fresh and unfined orange wine. - fermented on the skins for 11 days before being pressed off into old oak Foudre and barrels. No yeast or other additives apart from a small amount of SO2 shortly before bottling. Ambient fermentation and 100% malolactic fermentation. Unfined and only lightly filtered
'Planted in 1981, bush vine (un-trellised), farmed organically. This is a 1.5ha block which was abandoned in 2014, we approached the farmer Rick Mcgrindle and asked if we could try and revive it. The first vintage in 2016 resulted in no grapes but in 2017 showed tremendous growth and yielded nicely. '
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 and bright colours. The names of the wines come from expressions that we use as if giving encouragement to a child. Stay Brave is our “Baby” skin contact Chenin.'
|Production Method||Natural, Organic|
|Wine Type||Orange Wine|
|Wine Style||Medium bodied|
|Total Sulphur||26 mg/L|
|Maturation||11 days on skin, Carbonic maceration and then into a Foudre|
|Annual Production||0 - 5,000 bottles|
|Ageing Potential||Drink within 3 years of the vintage|