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El Bandito The Dark Side Syrah

Testalonga, El Bandito The Dark Side Syrah 2017

R265

18 in stock

Notes

'From a 2001 Syrah vineyard. 100% whole-bunch fermented. The nose shows black fruit, fynbos and pepper with a hint of reduction in the background. The palate shows pure fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins – wonderfully supple and graceful to drink. A triumph of understatement.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 94/100

Winemakers' comments:
'This wine used to be called “Redemption” however we have now moved on from that period in our life and re named the wine The Dark Side. It is probably our most simple label but I find it very powerful and fitting to the grape Syrah, as it is very black and white. The vineyard is a small 0.75ha block which fits into our framework perfectly. We are very happy with the purity that we have achieved over the last two years and in particular in the challenging 2016 vintage and are very excited about this wine once again.' – Craig & Carla Hawkins

Viticulture:
Bush vines planted in 2001, the soils have a higher clay content than a lot of the other parcels I get from which helps with water retention which is a good thing in the very dry years. Not a lot of suckering is done to promote leaf growth.

Vinification:
Hand-harvested then fermented with 100% whole bunches in open 1500L tanks. Pressed after 10 days and matured four 500L old French oak barrels. No added yeast or acid. SO2 added a month before bottling, un-fined, un-filtered.

Analysis:
Alc: 11.91% TA: 4.51 g/L pH: 3.73 RS: 1.01 g/L

'From a 2001 Syrah vineyard. 100% whole-bunch fermented. The nose shows black fruit, fynbos and pepper with a hint of reduction in the background. The palate shows pure fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins – wonderfully supple and graceful to drink. A triumph of understatement.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 94/100

Winemakers' comments:
'This wine used to be called “Redemption” however we have now moved on from that period in our life and re named the wine The Dark Side. It is probably our most simple label but I find it very powerful and fitting to the grape Syrah, as it is very black and white. The vineyard is a small 0.75ha block which fits into our framework perfectly. We are very happy with the purity that we have achieved over the last two years and in particular in the challenging 2016 vintage and are very excited about this wine once again.' – Craig & Carla Hawkins

Viticulture:
Bush vines planted in 2001, the soils have a higher clay content than a lot of the other parcels I get from which helps with water retention which is a good thing in the very dry years. Not a lot of suckering is done to promote leaf growth.

Vinification:
Hand-harvested then fermented with 100% whole bunches in open 1500L tanks. Pressed after 10 days and matured four 500L old French oak barrels. No added yeast or acid. SO2 added a month before bottling, un-fined, un-filtered.

Analysis:
Alc: 11.91% TA: 4.51 g/L pH: 3.73 RS: 1.01 g/L

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CE94

Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

Red

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