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Testalonga El Bandito Skin Contact - Buon Vino Natural Wines
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Testalonga El Bandito Skin Contact 2016/17 (Orange Wine)

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One Line Description Testalonga El Bandito Skin contact, organic orange wine, rich, savoury, fascinating.
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country South Africa South African
Region Swartland, SA
Producer Craig Hawkins
Vintage 2016
Wine Type Orange Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol 12% abv
Total Sulphur Level Below 50mg/l
Maturation Fermented with 5 weeks skin contact and lots of lees stirring.
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Very good
Production Detail Organic
Natural Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur), Vegan


Testalonga El Bandito Skin contact, organic orange wine, elegant, fresh, fascinating. The skin contact from Craig Hawkins is evolving into a much more elegant style of orange wine. Less skin contact time and maturation leads to a fresher style, paler colour and a more elegant wine. The new 2017 is delightfully light and sappy, notes of citrus fruits, red apple, and subtle herbs with just a sniff of classic Chenin Blanc honey. Close your eyes, it could be white wine, very delicious.

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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