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El Bandito 'Monkey Gone to Heaven' 2020

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A Wine That

shows what Mourvèdre can do on South African soil with a gentle hand. So renowned for its big, meaty southern French reds, here it's still got some of that rugged meatiness, but it's fresh and vibrant, too. Want something to go with your steak or veggie stew, but don't want something too heavy? This is the answer.

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  • Winemaker: Testalonga
El Bandito 'Monkey Gone to Heaven' - 2020

South Africa












Decomposed Granite



Where & How

This comes from one hectare of organically farmed bush-vine Mourvèdre, planted on the famous decomposed granite of the region. The block is farmed by his food friend Jurgen Gouws of Intellego Wines.
The whole bunches are macerated for nine days in open tanks, before being pressed and left to continue naturally fermenting in old 500L French oak barrels. Bottled unfined with a very light filtration and just a tiny amount of sulphites added.

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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