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Low Sulphite Vegan
Testalonga El Bandito Mangaliza - Buon Vino Natural Wines
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Testalonga El Bandito Mangaliza 2019

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One Line Description Testalonga El Bandito Mangaliza, Craig Hawkins, Natural, floral, rich, complex Harslevelu
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country South Africa South African
Region Swartland, SA
Producer Craig Hawkins
Vintage 2019
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Hárslevelü
Alcohol 11.5% abv
Terroir From Boschgassfontein, aka the old Observatory Vineyard, planted in early ‘70s. With soils consist of old decomposing granite interspersed with quartz.
Total Sulphur Level 31 mg/l
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Very good but there is so little, it never makes it!
Natural Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur), Vegan, Unfined, Unfiltered


Testalonga El Bandito Mangaliza, Craig Hawkins, Natural, floral, rich, complex Harslevelu. made by Craig Hawkins, using the Hungarian grape variety called Hárslevelü planted in a single Swartland vineyard in 1971. This is the grape most commonly associated with Tokaji wines from Hungary. This wine has floral, peach and pear characteristics, as well as depth and poise. It also has a rich texture and long finish!

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.

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