Testalonga El Bandito The Dark Side Syrah 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...
Hand-harvested then fermented with 100% whole bunches in open 1500L tanks. Pressed after 8 days and matured in one 500L old French oak barrels. No added yeast or acid. SO2 added a month before bottling, un-fined and a light clarifying filtration was done. There is a great purity of fruit this year and even though the wine is of lighter touch it has great depth. The nose is rather subdued – subtle notes of red and black fruit, flowers and white pepper. Darkly floral: violets and white pepper sail on a sea of crunchy red fruit. Slippery tannins and pure, precise fruit seam together effortlessly with a super finish.
Country: South Africa