Testalonga El Bandito


Testalonga El Bandito, Swartland, South Africa

 

Testalonga belongs to Craig & Carla Hawkins. The vineyard was established in 2008 with the first wine being a four week Skin Macerated Chenin blanc. They currently rent 11ha of organically farmed vineyards all based on the granite soils of the Paardeberg, and 4 ha on the Sandstone soils of the Piketberg. Since 2015, the couple purchased a farm on the slate soils of the northern mountains of the Swartland called Bandits Kloof.

The first vineyards were planted in 2018 on Bandits Kloof, the focus of the farm being Mediterranean grape varieties.

"We strive to make wine from grapes and nothing else.- Carla and Craig Hawkins

Location

Swartland, South Africa

Appellation

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Size

15 hectares

Soil

Decomposed sandstone, granite and clay

Varieties cultivated

Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault

Farming/Winemaking

Organic, no chemicals, no additives during winemaking

Certification

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