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Testalonga Baby Bandito Stay Brave Chenin (Orange Wine) 2020

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One Line Description Testalonga Baby Bandito Stay Brave Chenin, skin contact fresh and easy going orange wine.
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country South Africa South African
Region Swartland, SA
Producer Craig Hawkins
Vintage 2020
Wine Type Orange Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Chenin Blanc
Terroir Granite
Total Sulphur Level 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
Production Detail Some biodynamic principles in vineyard, hand harvested, spontaneous fermentation, very low sulphur, 11 days skin contact
Natural Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur), Vegan, Unfined, Funky Aromas, Unfiltered


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.'

Craig Hawkins is a young winemaker based in the Swartland, South Africa, where he rents about 11ha of vineyard. 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. Each vintage is experimental and we think they're getting better each year. These are beautiful natural hand-crafted wines from low yielding vines, wild ferments and nothing added except a little SO2 at bottling in some but not all the wines.


2Reviews For Testalonga Baby Bandito Stay Brave Chenin (Orange Wine) 2020

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    Me and my wife loved this wine. It is slightly dry with hints of citrus, a perfect orange wine for a reasonable price. We enjoyed sipping it sitting in the sunshine we have recently enjoyed. So much so that we have ordered another bottle!

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    I absolutely adore this wine. It has a lovely depth of flavour and is extremely drinkable, perfect for a summer's day.

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