El Bandito 'Lords of Dogtown' 2020
A Wine That
shows both sides of Chenin Blanc; that moreish, salty, mineral crunch, but also the fleshy peach and apricot side. It tastes like lemon sorbet with a hint of mint and seasalt. It's so full of energy that it'll make you get up and boogie, glass in hand. We can't get enough of this wine, and we're sure you'll feel the same way.
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- Winemaker: Testalonga
Where & How
"This comes from a plot of organically farmed old bush vine Chenin Blanc, planted in 1971 on the famous decomposed granite soils of the region.
The whole bunches were pressed directly and the juice left to ferment naturally in a 500L old oak barrel. Bottled unfined, unfiltered and with just a tiny dash of sulphites."
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.