Testalonga Cortez Chenin Blanc Craig Hawkins, rich, round, minerally, top Natural 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!
|Production Method||Natural, Organic|
|Wine Type||Dry White Wine|
|Wine Style||Medium bodied|
|Total Sulphur||23 mg/l|
|Maturation||Whole bunch pressed. Aged in 500l barrels and one large tank|
|Annual Production||0 - 5,000 bottles|
|Ageing Potential||Very good but there is so little, it never makes it!|