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Testalonga The Dark Side Syrah - Buon Vino Natural Wine
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Testalonga The Dark Side Syrah 2016

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One Line Description Testalonga The Dark Side Syrah, natural wine, wild yeasts, Craig Hawkins, spicy, fresh red!
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country South Africa South African
Region Swartland, SA
Producer Craig Hawkins
Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Syrah
Alcohol 12.5% abv
Total Sulphur Level Below 50mg/l
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Certainly 5-8 years and will improve nicely over the next 24 months.
Production Detail Natural production all the way, organic fruit, wild yeast and plenty of lees work.
Natural Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur), Vegan


Testalonga The Dark Side Syrah, deep, fresh, interesting. Craig Hawkins is developing his private vineyard holdings and his range of grape varieties. The Dark Side (suitably labelled in cool bottle!) is pure Syrah but not as you would expect in South Africa. Craig uses the wild yeasts and lees to add minerality and texture to a wine of poise and freshness. It has classic dark fruits and spice, what you expect from Syrah but its acidity and backbone add something extra. The 2015 is still very young and will take a little time to fully knit together in bottle but it already makes for interesting and easy drinking.

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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