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 from one of my favourite musicians Thomas Mapfumo form Zimbabwe. When he started out making music and formed a band they all used to work in the chicken runs so their first band they called Hallelujah Chicken Run. The photo was taken by friend Kevin Short whilst on a photo shoot in Kenya; the boy symbolizes a lot of how we feel about wine.
NAME OF ESTATE/DOMAINE: TESTALONGA
NAMES OF VIGNERONS: Craig & Carla Hawkins
CELLAR LOCATION Bandits Kloof, Eendekuil, Piketberg, Swartland
(MICRO)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% Viognier YIELDS: 25hl/ha
VINIFICATION: Hand Harvested then whole bunch pressed into a 300l old French oak cask. Full malolactic fermentation is allowed to take place. No added yeast or acid. SO2 added a month before bottling, un-fined, un-filtered.
TECHNICAL: Alc 11.44% TA 5.46g/l pH 3.52 RS 1.15g/l VA 0.45g/l fSO2 10ppm tSO2 23ppm