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.
Testalonga has two lines - the Baby Bandito (young releases - vibrant and fun) and the El Bandito range - the more grown up ones!
Monkey Gone to Heaven is made for summertime drinking. Whole-bunch fermented Mouvedre (Monastrell) aged in old barrels. This is juicy and fresh drinking perfect for BBQs and enjoying on a sunny lazy day. Chilled or cool, you pick how you like it.
Testalonga - El Bandito Monkey Gone to Heaven 2021
Name El Bandito - Monkey Gone to Heaven Producer Testalonga Style Red Country South Africa Region Swartland Vintage 2021 Grape 100% Mouvedre ABV % 12.5 SO2 Minimal added at bottling. Production Not certified. Vegan. Natural. Unfined. Unfiltered Notes Juicy + Herbal + Spice
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