El Bandito 'Mangaliza' 2020
A Wine That
is a rare little gem and we suppose you could say oddity — but in the best way possible. This variety is most famous in Hungary for its prized sweet wines, but here it's found a new home in South Africa to create some mouthwateringly delicious, fresh, lime-y, mineral-driven wines. If you want something utterly unique, then don't look further.
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- Winemaker: Testalonga
Where & How
This comes from the iconic vineyard, Boschgassfontein, aka the old Observatory Vineyard. It was planted in the early 70s, and these precious bush vines are organically farmed and unirrigated.
The whole bunches are pressed directly, after which the juice is left to ferment naturally in 500L and 225L old oak barrels, where it also ages. Bottled unfined, unfiltered and with just a tiny touch 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.