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Baby Bandito Keep on Punching

Testalonga, Baby Bandito Keep on Punching 2017

R135

50 in stock

Notes

100% Chenin Blanc

'Craig and Carla Hawkins, operating out of the Swartland, are arguably South Africa’s leading proponents of “natural wine”. The 2017 vintage has served them well, just about all the wines having a particular clearness and delicacy about them. The Testalonga Baby Bandito Keep on Punching 2017 is, from a 1972 Chenin Blanc vineyard. Elusive notes of citrus and white peach on a generally shy nose. The palate is extra-light and fresh with a real steeliness about it..' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 89/100

Winemakers' comments:
'Baby Bandito is a project we have been doing for 2 years now. There was a heavy influence from street artists (the good ones, not just your drunk student defacing someone’s wall, unless it was good) in the labels and the idea of a 'series' using different and bright colours. The names of the wines come from expressions that we use as if giving encouragement to a child. 'Keep on Punching' is an expression my good friend and hockey mate, Dr Lyal White (photographer of King of Grapes label), used to always say when the going got tough: 'Keep on punching, the head will fall'.'

Viticulture:
Decomposed Granite, North facing, 220m above sea level, from the Paardeberg. Planted in 1972, bush vine (un-trellised), farmed organically. This is a block we have worked with for some time (at previous jobs) and it always gives very small clusters that are full of concentration and a high natural acidity. The soil is very exposed (lots of rocks) and this comes through in the wines back bone.

Vinification:
Hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. Fermented in 500L barrels Stainless Steel. No yeast (or other) inoculation or additives apart from a small amount of SO2 shortly before bottling. Ambient fermentation (the juice/ wine is not cooled). 100% malolactic fermentation. Not filtered or fined.

Analysis:
Alc: 12.01% TA: 6.50 g/L RS: 2.26 g/L pH: 3.29

100% Chenin Blanc

'Craig and Carla Hawkins, operating out of the Swartland, are arguably South Africa’s leading proponents of “natural wine”. The 2017 vintage has served them well, just about all the wines having a particular clearness and delicacy about them. The Testalonga Baby Bandito Keep on Punching 2017 is, from a 1972 Chenin Blanc vineyard. Elusive notes of citrus and white peach on a generally shy nose. The palate is extra-light and fresh with a real steeliness about it..' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 89/100

Winemakers' comments:
'Baby Bandito is a project we have been doing for 2 years now. There was a heavy influence from street artists (the good ones, not just your drunk student defacing someone’s wall, unless it was good) in the labels and the idea of a 'series' using different and bright colours. The names of the wines come from expressions that we use as if giving encouragement to a child. 'Keep on Punching' is an expression my good friend and hockey mate, Dr Lyal White (photographer of King of Grapes label), used to always say when the going got tough: 'Keep on punching, the head will fall'.'

Viticulture:
Decomposed Granite, North facing, 220m above sea level, from the Paardeberg. Planted in 1972, bush vine (un-trellised), farmed organically. This is a block we have worked with for some time (at previous jobs) and it always gives very small clusters that are full of concentration and a high natural acidity. The soil is very exposed (lots of rocks) and this comes through in the wines back bone.

Vinification:
Hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. Fermented in 500L barrels Stainless Steel. No yeast (or other) inoculation or additives apart from a small amount of SO2 shortly before bottling. Ambient fermentation (the juice/ wine is not cooled). 100% malolactic fermentation. Not filtered or fined.

Analysis:
Alc: 12.01% TA: 6.50 g/L RS: 2.26 g/L pH: 3.29

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CE 89

Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

White

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