After learning winemaking abroad, Craig Hawkins returned to South Africa and became the winemaker at top Swartland estate Lammershoek. He now makes his own wines from various small, organic vineyard sites in Swartland. The climate here is very hot and dry in summer, but Craig always manages to achieve a zingy acidity and freshness in his wines, some of our all time favourites. We visited Craig Hawkins in 2018 when he was just starting to plant his own vineyard in a beautiful remote spot of the Swartland region outside Cape Town. 

Testalonga - El Bandito Cortez 2018

  • Name El Bandito Cortez
    Producer Testalonga
    Style White (Dry)
    Country South Africa
    Region Swartland
    Vintage 2018
    Grape Chenin blanc
    ABV % 11.5
    SO2 Minimal added at bottling. 13mg/l Total.
    Production Not certified. Vegan. Natural. Unfined. Unfiltered
    Notes Pear + Hay + Spritz