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Testalonga

We currently rent 11ha of vineyards (all from the granite soils of the Paardeberg Swartland) we either farm ourselves or buy from farmers we work very closely with.

Our first wine was a skin contact Chenin blanc in 2008 and from there we have introduced new independent (mostly old) vineyards (Grenache, Muscat, Carignan, Harslevelu, Syrah) that we feel give us the quality we need to make our wines with as little manipulation as possible (in good years its as simple as picking, pressing, waiting, watching, bottling with nothing added at any stage).

We want the wines to express who we are both on the label and in the bottle, which is why humour plays an important role in communicating our story.

We recently purchased a farm on the northern mountain regions of the Swartland on Schist soils where from 2016 we will make our wine and eventually start planting vineyards. This year we are planting South Africa's first cuttings of Macabeu and Vermentino which we have high hopes for.

  • El Bandito Hallelujah Chicken Run 2017

    El Bandito Hallelujah Chicken Run 2017
    $66.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: 2017 is the first vintage by us for this wine. It is a tiny parcel (300 vines) we have been working with for a few years but 2017 was the first vintage we were happy to bottle it on its own. The name comes...

  • El Bandito Mangaliza 2017

    El Bandito Mangaliza 2017
    $66.00

    PERSONAL NOTE:The wine is borne from my experiences in working close to the Hungarian border in Austria. Here I came into contact with the grape Harslevelü, which is beautifully fragrant and has a great natural oily...

  • El Bandito Monkey Gone to Heaven 2017

    El Bandito Monkey Gone to Heaven 2017
    $66.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: A new wine for 2016 and another great photo taken by Kevin Short at The Burning Man festival in USA. I think this photo portrays the wine perfectly. Mourvedre can be a very tannic/gritty wine and the photo of...

  • Testalonga Baby Bandito Follow Your Dreams 2016

    Testalonga Baby Bandito Follow Your Dreams 2016
    $36.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: Baby Bandito is a project we have been doing for 2 years now. There was a heavy influence from street artists (the good ones, not just your drunk student defacing someone’s wall, unless it was good) in...

  • Testalonga El Bandito Cortez 2016

    Testalonga El Bandito Cortez 2016
    $62.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: We change the label every year to best suit the feeling I think the wine is giving. The photo for the 2016 vintage was taken by Doreen Pfeiffer from The Cow Artworks in Johannesburg. It’s an original...

  • Testalonga El Bandito Skin 2016

    Testalonga El Bandito Skin 2016
    $62.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: The 2016 Skin contact 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...

  • Testalonga El Bandito The Dark Side Syrah 2016

    Testalonga El Bandito The Dark Side Syrah 2016
    $62.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: This wine used to be called “Redemption” however we have now moved on from that period in our life and re named the wine The Dark Side. It is probably our most simple label but I find it very...

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