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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.

  • Baby Bandito Follow your Dreams Carignan 2019

    Baby Bandito Follow your Dreams Carignan 2019
    $40.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: Baby Bandito is a project we started in 2015. We wanted to work with vineyards that deliver wines that can be drunk young yet still “over deliver” in quality one would expect from our most...

  • Baby Bandito Keep on Punching Chenin 2019

    Baby Bandito Keep on Punching Chenin 2019
    $40.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: Baby Bandito is a project we started in 2015. We wanted to work with vineyards that deliver wines that can be drunk young yet still “over deliver” in quality one would expect from our most...

  • Baby Bandito Stay Brave Chenin Skin 2019

    Baby Bandito Stay Brave Chenin Skin 2019
    $40.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: Baby Bandito is a project we started in 2015. We wanted to work with vineyards that deliver wines that can be drunk young yet still “over deliver” in quality one would expect from our most...

  • Cahn & Finlay Pinotage 2019

    Cahn & Finlay Pinotage 2019
    $40.00

    Martin's note:  This is a very special wine which was uniquely made for me and my wine store store in Auckland:  www.cahnandfinlay.co.nz   The label image was taken from a photograph I took while waiting...

  • El Bandito Chenin Skin 2017

    El Bandito Chenin Skin 2017
    $66.00

    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...

  • El Bandito Chenin Skin 2019

    El Bandito Chenin Skin 2019
    $72.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: The “Skin” 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...

  • El Bandito Cortez 2016

    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...

  • El Bandito Cortez Chenin 2017

    El Bandito Cortez Chenin 2017
    $66.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: We change the label every year to best suit the feeling I think the wine is giving. The photo for the 2017 vintage was taken by me (Craig) on a trip Carla and I made to the Northern Cape Province near Namibia...

  • El Bandito Cortez Chenin 2019

    El Bandito Cortez Chenin 2019
    $72.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: We change the label every year to best suit the feeling I think the wine is giving. The photo on the label is of our friend Carlo Lupori who lives and works in London, the photo was taken by his good friend...

  • 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...

  • El Bandito The Dark Side 2019

    El Bandito The Dark Side 2019
    $72.00

    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...

  • I AM the Ninja Pet Nat Chenin Blanc 2019

    I AM the Ninja Pet Nat Chenin Blanc 2019
    $46.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: This is our latest addition to the portfolio. We love Methode Ancestral wines and the texture they bring. We wanted this wine to be drier than the “I wish I was a Ninja” as we feel Chenin has more...

  • I Wish I was a Ninja 2019

    I Wish I was a Ninja 2019
    $46.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: We are extremely happy with this wine, as it is quickly becoming one of our mainstay wines. The good balance of acid, sugar and bubbles is now a consistent quality. The name came about whilst we were bottling...

  • Monkey Gone to Heaven Mourvedre 2019

    Monkey Gone to Heaven Mourvedre 2019
    $72.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: The photo was 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 Kevin’s wife on her...

  • Queen of Spades Tinta Amarela 2019

    Queen of Spades Tinta Amarela 2019
    $72.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: We came across this vineyard (0.1ha) through good friend Rick Mcgrindle, a farmer from Abbotsdale/Paardeberg region. Thought to be Tempranillo when planted but turning out to be Tinta Amarela, which is a grape...

  • Sweet Cheeks Muscat Skin 2019

    Sweet Cheeks Muscat Skin 2019
    $72.00

    PERSONAL NOTE: The name comes from the children who every year love to pick at the sweet berries and eat them, hence “sweet cheeks”.  Probably the most fragrant wine we make. Hanepoot (Muscat Alexandrie) is...

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