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Testalonga, El Bandito Cortez Chenin Blanc 2019
Chenin Blanc 100%
The Chenin vines for the El Bandito Cortez were planted in 1972, dryland bush vine (un-trellised), farmed organically. The vineyard is a special one as it has been farmed organically since 2001 and every year, good or bad, gives a tension sometimes not as present in their other wines. This is possibly due to the high percentage of quartz/silica in the soil. Testalonga El Bandito Cortez is subtle, fresh and pure. Fine, lacy acid line with a moreish, chalky texture. It pairs perfectly with freshwater fish or calamari.
Testalonga was set up by Craig and Carla Hawkins in 2008 and they were the first of the Swartland Revolution crew to start their own vineyard project back in 2015, when they moved to a farm called Banditskloof.
With the sole aim to make wines from grapes and nothing else, they farm organically and/or biodynamically.