2020 Testalonga El Bandito The Dark Side
Craig Hawkins is one of the most influential and certainly the most exciting winemakers of not only South Africa, but the New World.
Producing wine in the Swartland, he has helped to change the image of South African wine. 100% Syrah. 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.