Testalonga - 2021 Baby Bandito 'Stay Brave'

2021 Baby Bandito 'Stay Brave'

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Variety
Chenin Blanc
Region
Swartland, South Africa
Volume
750ml

Talk about being irresistible. An old block that imparts a noteworthy saltiness to the wines. Chenin with twelve days on skins, making for galangal, tangerine, jasmine and clove. A little grip, a little bit more acid - this wine is like your favourite person walking into the room and immediately lightening it up. 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. Sustainabil...Read More...

Talk about being irresistible. An old block that imparts a noteworthy saltiness to the wines. Chenin with twelve days on skins, making for galangal, tangerine, jasmine and clove. A little grip, a little bit more acid - this wine is like your favourite person walking into the room and immediately lightening it up. 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. 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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