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TESTALONGA El Bandito ‘Lekker’ 2023 – MAGNUM


A cheeky Chenin Blanc only bottled in magnums. Tiny amounts made and absolutely delicious.

Planted in 1998, dryland trellised vine, farmed organically. The vineyard is a special one as it is the only vineyard we work with that is completely unique in its location and soil make up. It is about 20 km from the ocean and on deep sand that sits on top of a chalk layer. The vineyard benefits from the warm sunny days but it is cooled by nearby ocean breezes on most days. The vineyard produces a very unique salty flavour unlike the other vineyards we work with.

Hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. Fermented/Aged in 1 x 500L old French barrel. No yeast (or other) inoculation or additives apart from a small amount of SO2 shortly before bottling.

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The wines of TESTALONGA defy convention in a lot of ways. Craig has never been accused of being “a follower” and these wines represent the avant-garde of South African wine. The fruit is farmed by Craig and his team using organic and biodynamic methods. Craig is proud of making natural wines, thus early picking, a lack of additions (minute amounts of SO2 are infrequently used) with no fining or filtration are all hallmarks of his approach. They have bought a farm in the Piketberg area in northern Swartland, and have started to plant vines as of 2018.







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