Almost everything about the company Testalonga is unique. Vintner Craig Hawkins has rigidly stuck to his organic wine-making roots after numerous rejections from confused South African counterparts after learning first-hand from many different European wine producers. He settled in the Swartland, South Africa and decided to create his vineyard, and has since been producing bold, near-biodynamic wines that are completely out of the box. His El Bandito and Baby Bandito series are named with aspiration phrases - such as 'Be Brave' - and feature stylised, artistic photographs taken by his brother.
The Cortez is made with 100% Chenin Blanc grapes which give you aromas of wild honey and freshly baked bread. On the palate you get a complex balance of Asian pear, orange peel, fennel and a certain salinity, with a nice, long finish.
Size: 75cl Bottle ABV: 12.5% Vintage: 2019Country: South Africa Region: Swartland Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc Brand Name: Testalonga