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TESTALONGA Mielie ‘Magenta’ 2023


Grenache Noir

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.

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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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