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Testalonga El Bandito King of grapes - Buon Vino Natural Wines
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Testalonga El Bandito King of Grapes 2015

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One Line Description Testalonga El Bandito King of Grapes, Natural, spicy, funky, earthy, fruity, Grenache, Craig Hawkins
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country South Africa South African
Region Swartland, SA
Producer Craig Hawkins
Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Grenache
Alcohol 11.5%
Total Sulphur Level 13 mg/l
Maturation Fermented in a 2000-litre foudre for roughly 8-9 days and then pressed in a basket press and aged in old French foudre for 6 to 7 months before bottling
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 5 years
Production Detail Biodynamic, Yields are naturally low (30-35hl/ha), totally natural, made without filtering, fining, or sulphur additions at any stage
Special Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur)
Decanter Specialist Organic Wine Retailer 2017 Winner


Testalonga El Bandito King of Grapes, Natural, spicy, funky, earthy, fruity, Grenache, Craig Hawkins. The deep earthy notes on the nose eventually give way to bright red berry flavours. A light red/opaque colour (a result of an unusual colour defect in this rare strain of the Grenache variety) not too dissimilar to a red from the Jura in appearance. The flavour is very spicy with tannins to give some balance to the spice. Deliciously fresh and unusual Grenache, don't let the colour deceive you, there is depth in this unashamedly natural beauty!

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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