Testalonga Baby Banditos 2021
Baby Banditos: Four babies & a pair of Ninjas
These upbeat, cheery wines from Craig and Carla Hawkins of Testalonga have never been better, or more precise. The entry-level Baby Banditos offer wonderful, light drinking, hovering around 12% alcohol – with a few even lower than that. These thirst-quenchers are joined by two fresh and pure Méthode Ancestrale sparkling wines. As always, quantities are limited.
'Natural wine is simple: organically farmed at the very least in the vineyard, no added yeast or acid or tannin, in fact, nothing added except small amounts of SO2 if need be… and no fining/filtration.' – Craig Hawkins, Testalonga
The 100% Carignan 2021 Follow Your Dreams makes for crunchy, light, summertime drinking with its tightly coiled, red-fruited, ultra-fresh palate. On the less serious side, the 2021 Chin Up Cinsault is so delicious and light at 11% alc. You'll want to keep it all to yourself! Offering potpourri spice and shy, red fruit, the finish is bone-dry and crisp.
Sourced from an old vineyard planted in 1961, the 100% Chenin Blanc 2021 Keep on Punching is elegant and thirst quenchingly fresh with a saline finish versus the more geeky 2021 Stay Brave skin-contact Chenin. Which, with 10 days on the skins, has wonderful perfume and some added, pithy texture.
The El Bantito 2021 I wish I was a Ninja is 100% Colombard. Off-dry in style, it's a fun and refreshing sparkling wine which, together with the more dry, 100% Chenin Blanc I am the Ninja, is made with the utmost dedication to quality. These are 'fun in the sun' kind of wines.
View all the new releases online, including the 97-point El Bandito Cortez, Lords of Dogtown, Mangaliza, Sweet Cheeks, The Dark Side and more.