El Bandito Cortez Chenin, Testalonga 2022



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After travelling extensively in Portugal and Austria learning his craft Craig Hawkins returned to South Africa and became the winemaker at top Swartland estate Lammershoek. Craig now makes his own wines from various small, organic vineyard sites in Swartland and makes his wine naturally, with as little intervention as possible.

Herbs, hay, pear, white peach and lime on the nose which precedes a palate that is super-light yet super-concentrated with thrilling acidity and a finish that is long and pithy.

Producer  Testalonga

Origin  Swartland, South Africa

Grapes Chenin Blanc

Vintage 2022

Alcohol  11.5% ABV

Style Medium body natural white

Bottle size 750ml

Winemaking Manual harvested, whole bunch pressed, fermented and aged in four 500L old French oak barrels and one 1500L stainless steel tank for 6 months before blending. Undergoes malolactic fermentation. Unfined and unfiltred 

Notes Natural, Organic