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.
The climate here is very hot and dry in summer, but Craig always manages to achieve a zingy acidity and freshness in his wines.
100% Chenin Blanc made in a pet nat style, where primary fermentation finishes in the bottle. Discorged after 10 months in the bottle, the result is a wonderfully creamy wine, with fine bubbles and notes of fresh pear & apple. Great as an aperitiv or just a brilliant party wine.
Testalonga - El Bandito I am the Ninja 2021
Name El Bandito I am the Ninja Producer Testalonga Style Sparkling (Pet Nat) Country South Africa Region Swartland Vintage 2021 Grape Chenin Blanc ABV % 10.5 SO2 None added. Production Natural fermentation. Sparkling Pet-Nat. Vegan. Unfined. Unfiltered Tasting notes Pear + Apple + Creamy
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