2014 Testalonga El Bandito Redemption Syrah
Craig Hawkins has produced a stunning Syrah, called El Bandito Redemption. It's inspired by the elegance and perfume that Syrah can possess. He has wanted to produce a Syrah for quite some time but was waiting for the right vineyard to appear. In 2014 it did with bush vines on decomposed granite just outside Malmesbury. It is a beautiful example, inspired stylistically by the Rhone Valley's Herve Souhaut. Violets, tapenade and black cherry all interplay on the nose. Deep black cherry and juicy plum flavors meshed with violets and cool strawberry flavors on the palate. It has the freshness and elegance found in Burgundy with the sturdiness of Syrah. The flavours are elegant, long, sweet and refreshing. This is brilliant.