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TESTALONGA El Bandito ‘Mangaliza’ 2023



Bush vines planted in the 1971 and organically farmed, they are situated in a very wet part of the Paardeberg, at the bottom of the slope, adjacent to the Cortez and Sweet Cheeks vineyard. The vineyards grow very upright and have very loose open berries which help with good airflow to reduce disease pressure.

Hand-harvested then fermented after being 100% whole bunch pressed. Pressed into 1x500L and 1 x 225L French oak casks. No added yeast or acid. Full Malolactic fermentation takes place. SO2 added a month before bottling, un-fined.

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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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