Some of our favourite wines from Swartland! Craig Hawkins and his wife Carla have been making some of the most exciting wines to hit the natural wine scene from South Africa since they started their own production back in 2008 having previously trained under Tom Lubbe (Matassa) and worked as winemaker for Lammershoek.
Having worked mixed parcels spread out across the vast distances of Swartland Craig has been busy planting his own vines in his new home vineyard at Bandits Kloof. Despite being uncertified Craig works his vines without chemical treatments and works as minimally as possible in the cellar.
Testalonga - Baby Bandito Stay Brave 2021
Name Baby Bandito - Stay Brave Producer Testalonga Style White (Skin contact) Country South Africa Region Swartland Vintage 2021 Grape Chenin blanc ABV % 12 SO2 Minimal added at bottling. 14mg/l Total. Production Not certified (uses organic principles). Vegan. Natural. Unfined. Unfiltered. Skin contact (10 days). Notes Lively + Citrus + Mineral
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