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The Carignan (a red grape variety of Spanish origin) for Baby Bandito Follow Your Dreams are grown on granite, farmed organically and allowed to ferment spontaneously without the addition of commercial yeasts. In line with this natural approach, the wine is unfined, unfiltered and bottled with the minimum of sulphur dioxide. The label, taken from Cambodian street art, is overlaid with a quote from Banksy (an England-based street artist). Fermented for 8 days in a stainless steel tank and then pressed off into two old 3,500 litre Foudre. Bottled at 11.5%. (Bottle size 750ml)
Established in 2008, Testalonga (named after a famous bandit and politician from Sicily) is owned by Craig and Carla Hawkins. Renting 11ha of organically farmed vineyards, all growing on the granite soils of the Paardeberg, and 4ha on the sandstone soils of the Piketberg, in 2015 they purchased a farm on the slate/sandstone soils of the northern mountains of the Swartland called Bandits Kloof. The first vineyards were planted there in 2018, the focus being on Mediterranean grape varieties, with the first harvest expected in 2021.