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2020 Testalonga Baby Bandito Stay Brave Chenin Blanc

Swartland, South Africa

Aromatic, rare, evocative Chenin Blanc from South Africa, with some skin contact complexity.

$39.00

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About The Wine

Tangy, herbal, spicy, a touch grippy, this is a fascinating SA Chenin Blanc from natural wine royalty Testalonga.

Organically farmed, the fruit spends twelve days on skins, developing citrus, orange peel and floral flavours, and is full of youthful, perky acidity.

Tiny amounts imported, move quickly...

About Testalonga

Craig and Carla Hawkins launched Testalonga in the north of Swartland, South Africa in 2008.

They are part of a revolutionary ground swell taking place in South African wine, where traditions are being challenged and brave new territory is being explored. The painfully small amount of wine that this duo produces gets snapped up in short order the world over. Known for their striking intensity and nervy energy, Craig and Carla's wines are on the cutting edge of the natural wine movement in their country.

Winemaker Craig Hawkins
Winemaker Craig Hawkins
Swartland, South Africa
Additional Info

From The Producer

Baby Bandito is a project we started in 2015. We wanted to work with vineyards that deliver wines that can be drunk young yet still “over deliver” in quality one would expect from our most affordable wine. There was a heavy influence from street artists (the good ones, not just your drunk student defacing someone’s wall, unless it was good) in the labels and the idea of a “series” using different and bright colours. The names of the wines come from expressions that we use as if giving encouragement to a child.

Stay Brave is our “Baby” skin contact Chenin. Planted in 1981, bush vine (un-trellised), farmed organically. This is a 1.5ha block we “discovered” which was abandoned in 2014, we approached the farmer Rick Mcgrindle and asked if we could try and revive it. The vineyard gives a very specific salty character to the wines, maybe not as intense as those from the heart of the Paardeberg but there is a definite salinity which we love. This may be because it is only 30km from the ocean or just the character that Chenin gets on these soils.

Blend : Chenin Blanc (100%)
Drink Until : 2030

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

92Points
Winemag.co.za

"10 days on the skins. Grapefruit, orange, peach, a slight floral note and spice on the nose. The palate is light-bodied (alcohol is 11.5%) and yet full of flavour, the finish slightly grippy." - Christian Eedes (Winemag.co.za)

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