I’ve admired Craig Hawkins’ Testalonga wines for a while now. They are just so brave. And delicious. [See here, here and here for reviews.] This is his Chenin that’s made without skin contact. It’s fully beautiful, and has no additions at any point: it’s a truly natural wine. Just 10.5% alcohol, too!
Testalonga ‘Cortez’ El Bandito 2014 Swartland, South Africa
Organically farmed vines from Tom Lubbe’s Observatory block in Bosgaasfontein; 42 year old vines. Pure, fresh and lemony with nice pithy notes. Direct and fine with nice ripe apple fruit, showing lovely purity. Linear with great acidity and a saline, mineral core. 94/100 (Slurp have it for £22.95, a few others have it for £25)
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