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 powerful and fitting to the grape Syrah, as it is very black and white. The vineyard is a small 0.75ha block which fits into our framework perfectly. We are very happy with the purity that we have achieved over the last two years and in particular in the challenging 2016 vintage and are very excited about this wine once again.
NAME OF ESTATE/DOMAINE: TESTALONGA
VIGNERONS: Craig & Carla Hawkins
LOCATION: Bandits Kloof, Eendekuil, Piketberg, Swartland
(MESO)CLIMATE: Dry Mediterranean
TERROIR (type of soil, exposition, altitude, Area), Decomposed Granite, South East facing, 200m above sea level, from the Paardeberg.
VITICULTURE: Bush vines planted in 2001, the soils have a higher clay content than a lot of the other parcels I get from which helps with water retention which is a good thing in the very dry years. Not a lot of suckering is done to promote leaf growth.
GRAPE: 100% Syrah YIELDS: 20hl/ha
VINIFICATION: Hand-harvested then fermented with 100% whole bunches in open 1500l tanks. Pressed after 4 days and matured in one 3000l old French oak Foudre. No added yeast or acid. SO2 added a month before bottling, un-fined, un-filtered.
TECHNICAL: Alc 12.45% TA 4.86g/l pH 3.67 RS 2.28g/l VA 0.57g/l fSO2 8ppm tSO2 19ppm