Testalonga El Bandito The Dark Side 2021 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Swartland
R310
In stock
(5 In Stock)

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92
CE
'Dark berries, lavender, herbs and earth on the nose. The palate is neatly structured with surprisingly dense fruit given an alcohol of just 12%, bright acidity and fine tannins. Layers of flavour and an extra-dry finish.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 92/100

Winemaker's notes:
Organically farmed 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. 2021 was a vintage that also yielded much better yields than previous vintages due to the wet winters and continued vineyard improvement done by Rick Mcgrindle.
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Craig Hawkins
Alcohol 12%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Syrah
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Shiraz / Syrah
Rating CE 92
Technical analysis RS: 1.2 g/L | TA: 4.5 g/L | PH: 3.57
Producer information Testalonga was established in 2008 by owners Craig and Carla Hawkins. The winemakers follow organic farming principles, which are still uncommon in Cape winemaking. The name Testalonga comes from a Sicilian outlaw and their wines are separated into two ranges, El Bandito and Baby Bandito. The wines have quirky names and labels and only small quantities are available for the local market.
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