About The Wine
Winemakers Craig and Carla Hawkins are leading names in South Africa's natural wine scene, and their take on Pet Nat is a perfect example of why. It's an absolute thirst-quencher, big on freshness and flavour.
Made from Swartland's signature Chenin Blanc, the grapes are sourced from vines planted in 1961 and farmed using organic and biodynamic practices. The wine undergoes a wild fermentation with indigenous yeast, finishing the fermentation in the bottle under crown caps to create the characteristic Pet Nat sparkle.
Like all of Testalonga's wines, this Pet Nat is bottled without filtering, fining, and with only a small dose of sulphur before bottling.
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.