El Bandito Cortez Chenin 2020, Testalonga (Swartland, South Africa)
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Grapes: Chenin Blanc Style: White ABV: 12.5% Any added sulphites: Minimal Filtered: No Size: 75cl
A multi-layered drinking experience, this one will take you for a riiiide! You will notice aromas of honey and fresh bread which compliment elegant notes of herbs, fennel and orange peel. There is loads of depth and richness with a salty sea-like minerality. This 100% Chenin Blanc is totally out of this world!
Craig Hawkins is a young winemaker based in Swartland, South Africa, where he rents about 11 hectares of vineyard. After travelling through Europe and working as a wine maker for Lammershoek, he started his own label with is wife Carla under the moniker Testalonga. He now makes a huge variety of different wines, each vintage being more experimental than the last! 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.