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TESTALONGA El Bandito ‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’ 2021

R310.00

Mourvedre

Note from Craig: “The photo was taken by Kevin Short at The Burning Man festival in USA. I think this photo portrays the wine perfectly. Mourvedre can be a very tannic/gritty wine and the photo of Kevin’s wife on her bicycle in the desert is a great analogy for the wine and its fine tannins. I enjoy the Pixies and their song “Monkey gone to Heaven” and I think works well with this photo. The main theme of the song is environmentalism, and the song deals with man’s “confusion of man’s place in the universe”, which is perfect for this photo, its location and the people behind it.”

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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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