Baby Bandito Keep On Punching 2019
A Wine That
couldn't be more refreshing if it tried. This tastes like lime juice with a dash of salt - it's a margherita without the tequila - and instead of coming from Mexico or the agave plant, this comes from old vines farmed organically surrounded by horses on a farm owned by a horse breeder in the north of South Africa's Swartland wilderness. It's packed full of nervous energy - this makes your belly flip like you're about to leap onto a zip wire. You're not going to be able to sit still once you've had a glass (or bottle) of this - the dance floor is calling.
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- Winemaker: Testalonga
Where and How?
This cuvée is produced from an old vine Chenin Blanc vineyard in the Swartland, planted in 1961 on decomposed sandstone. Owned by a horse farmer, Craig helped to convert it to organic viticulture in 2017.
The wine was whole bunch pressed and naturally fermented in stainless steel, without any additions. Bottled with just the tiniest addition of sulphur (never more than 20ppm).
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 (the sciences lingered at Bs), so he was sold on the artistic nature of farming, winemaking and label design.
He embarked upon a mission to define Swartlandish terroir, his own way. Through Eben Sadie, he met Rémy Pedreno (Roc d'Anglade), Dirk Niepoort & Dorli Muhr, and Tom Lubbe, all of whom have helped him sculpt his own path. While sleeping in a tent at Roc d'Anglade, Rémy handed him a bottle of Ligurian skin-contact Vermentino made by Antonio Perrino. It was a wine that would change everything, and a wine that would lead to the first South African skin contact wine.
Today, you can find Craig and Carla Hawkins in the true Swartland wilderness – 100km north of the hub of the Paardeberg, in an area called Piketberg on their new farm, Bandits Kloof. This is rural Africa; not many human beings are here, but rather wildlife exists 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.