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Baby Bandito 'Stay Brave' 2021 — Chenin Blanc


A Wine That

is the dream for introducing your sceptical friends or family to the dimension of orange wine. Very approachable, this is all about spice and texture. Think orange pith, ginger, a sprinkling of salt flakes and an edge of thyme. It's the perfect wine for food pairings — get ready to explore a whole new world of flavour.

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  • Winemaker: Testalonga
Baby Bandito 'Stay Brave' — Chenin Blanc - 2021

South Africa












Decomposed Granite


Chenin Blanc

Where and How?

This is Chenin Blanc, planted in 1981, bush vine (un-trellised), and farmed organically. Craig “discovered” this 1.5ha block which had been abandoned in 2014, and approached the farmer to ask if he could try to revive it. He did! The first vintage in 2016 had no grapes, but the vineyard bounced back by 2017. A testament to the resilience of vines!

The wine fermented naturally on its skins for 12 days, after which is is pressed and ages in large old oak foudres where it remains untouched until bottling. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with a tiny touch of sulphites.

The Winemaker

Craig grew up in East South Africa, near Durban, in an area where there are very few vineyards. His childhood dream was to become a game ranger and to work in conservation. It was only after school that he was introduced to the notion of viticulture, through his brother Neil. At school, the only subject Craig had got straight As in was art - whereas the sciences lingered at Bs - so he was sold on the idea of being able to work with nature, transforming that into a liquid, and to sell that liquid via a label designed himself.

Today, you can find Craig and Carla Hawkins in the true Swartland wilderness – 100km north of the hub of the Paadeberg, in an area called Piketberg. This is true rural Africa; not many human beings are here, but rather wildlife in abundance. Together with 84 other farms, they are working on a project with the Cape Leopard trust, to track the movement of leopards and to investigate their interaction with farm animals. Thus, Craig has unwittingly fulfilled his childhood dream synonymously with farming vines and making wine. 

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