This range is named after Camilla, Craig and Carla’s daughter, who call her “Mielie”. These are the only blended wines in the TESTALONGA range – all other wines are single variety-single vineyard.
The Mielie range is an expression of the Swartland as a region made with the same philosophy and attention to detail as all the TESTALONGA wines.
0.75 ha of bush vine trained Grenache noir, organically farmed. Planted in 2018, this is a block with quite a high soil water table as it is situated on a mountain in a “kloof” next to where the winter streams run. Hand harvested and sorted in the vineyard for any undesirable bunches.
Hand harvested and 80% Destemmed into open 2000L fermenters. 20 % whole bunches. Fermented on the skins for 14 days before being pressed off into 500L wooden barrels, and Stainless-steel tank. No yeast (or other) inoculation or additives apart from a small amount of SO2 shortly before bottling.