Testalonga, El Bandito Skin Contact Chenin 2020/21
Get to know: Testalonga, El Bandito Skin Contact Chenin
Full of dried flowers, herbs, citrus and ripe stone fruit, balanced with bright acidity, grippy tannins and a long savoury finish. The El Bandito is Chenin Blanc, manually harvested, fermented with wild yeasts and spends 8 days on skins after pressing to extract colour, texture and tannins. Malolactic fermentation then takes place to add a richer, creamier texture before being bottled without filtration or finings.
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.