TESTALONGA El Bandito Cortez Chenin Blanc 2020


TERROIR: Decomposed Granite, East facing, 200m above sea level, from the Paardeberg.

VITICULTURE: Organically farmed dryland bushvines, planted in 1972, that weren’t suckered to retain leaves that I find balances the acidity and tannin levels. Picked on a balance between taste/feeling and experience we find this helps to maintain the pH/acid/alcohol balance that we love.

GRAPE: 100% Chenin blanc

YIELDS: 40hl/ha

VINIFICATION: Hand harvested. Destemmed 100% into 1500L open fermenters. Fermented for 8 days on the skins before being pressed into one 3000L Foudre.  No yeast inoculation fermented at ambient temperature. 100% malolactic fermentation (not inoculated).


100% Chenin Blanc. Planted in 1972, dryland bush vine (un-trellised), farmed organically. The vineyard is a special one as it has been farmed organically since 2001 and every year, good or bad, gives a tension we sometimes don’t find in our other wines (as much). This I think is due to the high percentage of quartz/silica in the soil. 2020 Vintage was a good one for us as we had another relatively wet winter which led to a tricky start to the growing season with regards to disease pressure, once that was overcome the resulting grapes were healthy and of a good yield and balance.

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