Testalonga El Bandito Skin Contact Chenin 2021
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PRODUCER: The wines of TESTALONGA defy convention in a lot of ways. Craig and Carla Hawkins have never been accused of being “followers” and their wines represent the avant-garde of South African wine. The TESTALONGA wines in some ways have come a long way since the first vintage, and in other ways they remain steadfastly true to the principles upon which the project was established 12 years ago. In our opinion they are one of the leaders in natural wine production in South Africa.
WINEMAKING: The “Skin” is our proudest wine being the first wine we bottled and made in 2008. The wine has come a long way and each year provides us with new flavours. We have toned down on the extraction and have now stopped experimenting as much as we used to. We have found our sweet spot that we enjoy for Skin Macerated whites and enjoy the balance we get from these flavours. We have reduced the length of time we leave the wines on the skin as the goal here is to find elegance and focus within this particular style which we love.
TASTING NOTES: Nine days on the skins. A compelling nose of flowers, fynbos, ginger and other spice plus orange and peach. The palate has an excellent core of fruit with punchy acidity before a savoury finish. This has lovely texture, leaving a powdery sensation in the mouth. An intricate, intellectually engaging wine. Open it an hour before drinking and it really opens up.