Testalonga - 2021 Baby Bandito 'Follow your Dreams'

2021 Baby Bandito 'Follow your Dreams'

Variety
Carignan
Region
Swartland, South Africa
Volume
750ml

Carry on Carignan. Another grape mostly confined to blending purposes elsewhere in the world, here we see it in full flight. You could call it something adjacent to Trousseau - pomegranate, cherry, cranberry, sprinkled with black pepper and barnyard. Beauty. Craig and Carla of Testalonga are uncompromising in their quest to make not only the best wines they possibly can, but change the global perception of South African wine. Sustainability is considered a pipe dream or something radical by m...Read More...

Carry on Carignan. Another grape mostly confined to blending purposes elsewhere in the world, here we see it in full flight. You could call it something adjacent to Trousseau - pomegranate, cherry, cranberry, sprinkled with black pepper and barnyard. Beauty. Craig and Carla of Testalonga are uncompromising in their quest to make not only the best wines they possibly can, but change the global perception of South African wine. Sustainability is considered a pipe dream or something radical by most of the wine industry in South Africa, so for these two to throw caution to the wind and settle for nothing less than biodynamic viticulture, they really are an anomaly. The Swartland had become the wine region that these kinds of makers are drawn to, rather than the somewhat stuffy confines of Stellenbosch. The wines speak for themselves. They have an ephemerality about them, joyous and sensuous, textural and memorable. They turn classic South African varieties like Chenin (or colloquially, Steen) on their heads with experiment cellar techniques. If you want to bring the best wine at the party, we highly recommend bringing one of theirs. 

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