Get to know: Testalonga, El Bandito Lords of Dogtown
100% Chenin, fermented in large, old oak foudre. Incredibly complex, filled with dried citrus, ginger and white pepper spice on the finish. One for the Chenin fanatics that's for sure.
Would pair nicely with spiced butternut squash or a pork loin roasted with a ginger and herb rub.
Craig Hawkins is a something of a superstar in the world of natural wines. After learning his craft in Portugal he returned to South Africa and became the winemaker at top estate Lammershoek before moving on to make his own wines from various small, organic sites around the Swartland. The El Bandito range is Testalonga's premium offering, from old vines, always single vineyard, single variety the aim is to make wine from grapes and nothing else.