Testalonga - Keep On Punching (SOUTH AFRICA)
Country: South Africa
Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc
Production method: Organic, Natural
+ Engaging nose of white peach, apple and a hint of dried herbs
+ Ripe fruits and mineral flavours go with bright acidity on the palate
+ Good lengthy finish
After travelling extensively in Portugal and Austria learning his craft Craig Hawkins returned to South Africa and became the winemaker at top Swartland estate Lammershoek. Craig now makes his own wines from various small, organic vineyard sites in Swartland and makes his wine naturally, with as little intervention as possible. The climate in mediterranean with granite soils.
Grapes are harvested by hand and whole bunch pressed. Fermented in 2000L stainless steel vats and 3500L Foudres using indigenous yeasts and ambient temperatures. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation before being bottled unfined and unfiltered with a very small amount of sulphur added before bottling.