2021 Testalonga El Bandito LEKKER Chenin Blanc 1.5L

Swartland, South Africa

Special-release Chenin Blanc crafted by South African icons of natural wine. A salty, fruit-forward expression of oceanside vines!




About The Wine

Winemakers Craig and Carla Hawkins originally made this Mangum-only release of Chenin Blanc for a select group of somms in Norway ("Lekker" means 'awesome' in both Norwegian and Afrikaans). They make a tiny bit more these days, but it still gets snapped up fast!

The vineyard behind this Chenin belongs to Carla's family, with the couple stepping in to save the vines just before they were meant to be ripped up to make way for a potato farm. Closer to the ocean than any of the other Testalonga vineyards, there's a real salinity that comes through on the palate.

The grapes are hand-picked and fermented with indigenous yeasts, bottled unfined and with only a small dose of sulphur just prior to bottling.

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

This wine is very personal to us as the vineyard/farm belongs to the cousin of Carla's mother (Anna), and it is where she spent her early years growing up. When the vineyard was going to be pulled out to plant potatoes and rooibos tea, we asked if we could farm it to keep the connection going but also to see what kind of wine it produced as the soils are very unique and the vineyard is very isolated (being on the West Coast near Elands Bay). The resulting wine was astonishing, and we decided to only produce it in magnums as a way to keep it separate from our other wines. The label is a photo taken by our good friend David Retief and “lekker” in Afrikaans means “cool” or “nice”.

Blend : Chenin Blanc (100%)
ABV : 12%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml


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