2014 Testalonga El Bandito Cortez
Craig Hawkins is one of the most influential and certainly the most exciting winemakers of, not only South Africa, but the the New World. Producing wine in the Swartland in South Africa, he has helped to change the image of South African wine. This Chenin Blanc, produced from imaculate grapes, was whole bunch pressed with no extended skin contact and fermented with wild yeasts and there were no additions at any point – the wine has an incredible energy and minerality, accentuated by a fine thread of acidity. Lively, very fresh, citrussy and bright. This has lovely clarity and purity.