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Testalonga The Lords of Dogtown 2021


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  • PERSONAL NOTE: Our farm, Bandits Kloof, is now a blank canvas and can be quite a demanding place at times. It’s definitely a challenge in a positive way but is a bit “rough” at the moment. We have friendly nicknamed it “Dog town” as the animals (baboons, donkeys, cattle, dogs) are or seem to want to be in charge. The photo was taken by Carla on one of our walks, and the donkeys and cattle all seemed to be posing for the camera as if it was a photo shoot. The owner of the vineyard Carl Malherbe has 2h a of vineyard which when he brought the farm was abandoned, we worked together and are in the process of getting the 2 blocks back into production, Carl being a cattle auctioneer always jokingly asks when I’m going to put an Nguni on the label, so the photo just fitted. This wine is exclusively for Japan and RSA as only 300 bottles were made.

    NAME OF ESTATE/DOMAINE: TESTALONGA                            

    NAME OF VIGNERON: Craig & Carla Hawkins

    VINTAGE: 2021

    CELLAR LOCATION Bandits Kloof, Eendekuil, Piketberg, Swartland

    CLIMATE: Dry Mediterranean

    TERROIR: Decomposed Granite, East facing, 100m above sea level, from the Paardeberg.

    VITICULTURE: Bush Vines planted in 1981 and organically farmed. 2021 Vintage was a good one for us as we had another relatively wet winter which led to healthy grapes of a good yield and balance. It was the highest yield we have achieved form this block in the 6 years we have been making the wine and the low pH and good acidity combined with higher alcohol are testament to the work being done in the vineyard.

    GRAPE: 100% Chenin blanc

    YIELDS: 30hl/ha


    Hand-harvested then fermented after being 100% whole bunch pressed. Pressed into one 500L and 400L old barrel. No added yeast or acid. Full Malolactic fermentation takes place. SO2 was not added at any stage, un-fined and not filtered.


    Alc            12.05%
    TA            6.2g/l
    pH            3.2
    RS             1.6g/l
    VA            0.54g/l
    fSO2         2ppm
    tSO2         12ppm

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