Testalonga El Bandito Cortez Chenin Blanc 2020
Craig and Carla of Testalonga have worked tirelessly with their commitment to organics, minimal intervention in the winery and producing interesting, new styles of wine, that they have become true punks of the South African wine scene. Their releases are always dynamic and brimming with electricity, some notes from importer Andrew Guard below...
The vineyard, planted in 1972, is a special one as it has been farmed organically since 2001 and every year, good or bad, gives a tension we sometimes don’t find in our other wines [as much]. This, I think, is due to the high percentage of quartz in the soil.”
The wine was fermented and aged in 500L old French foudre and a single 1500L stainless steel tank for six months, then blended together and placed back into wood and stainless steel. A complex nose showing dried herbs, pear, peach, apple and a hint of smoky reduction while the palate has lovely fruit purity and definition, electric acidity and a pithy finish. Beautifully poised and intense while being extraordinarily light-bodied.
Country: South Africa