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Testalonga El Bandito Cortez - Buon Vino Natural Wines
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Testalonga El Bandito Cortez 2016

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One Line Description Testalonga Cortez Chenin Blanc Craig Hawkins, rich, round, minerally, top South African Chenin!
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country South Africa South African
Region Swartland, SA
Producer Craig Hawkins
Vintage 2016
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol 12.5% abv
Total Sulphur Level 23 mg/l
Ageing Potential Very good but there is so little, it never makes it!
Production Detail Biodynamic
Special Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur)
Decanter Specialist Organic Wine Retailer 2017 Winner


Testalonga Cortez Chenin Blanc Craig Hawkins, rich, round, minerally, top South African Chenin! It has a beautiful bright golden colour with aromas of wild honey and freshly baked bread which contrast with its dry, very racy with tangible sinewy texture. There is plenty of depth and complexity, a core of Asian pear and orange peel, layers of herbs, fennel, nuts with almost a seaweed saltiness and minerality. Seems to be quite Jura like in style but is also distinctively New World. Fascinating Chenin showing how South Africa is becoming a very exciting country for natural wine with life and vigour!

Craig Hawkins is a young winemaker based in the Swartland, South Africa, where he rents about 11ha of vineyard. Having travelled extensively throughout Europe, he now makes makes 8 wines under his own Testalonga label and has taken over the winemaking at Lammershoek. 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.

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