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 Kevin’s wife on her bicycle in the desert is a great analogy for the wine and its fine tannins.
I enjoy the Pixies and their song “Monkey gone to Heaven” and I think works well with this photo. The main theme of the song is environmentalism, and the song deals with man’s “confusion of man’s place in the universe”, which is perfect for this photo, its location and people behind it.
NAME OF ESTATE/DOMAINE: TESTALONGA
NAMES OF VIGNERONS: Craig & Carla Hawkins
CELLAR LOCATION Bandits Kloof, Eendekuil, Piketberg, Swartland
(MICRO)CLIMATE: Dry Mediterranean
TERROIR: Decomposed Granite, SE, 150m
VITICULTURE: Bush vines planted in the 2001, they are situated on slightly more clay rich “Koffie Klipp” soils of the Abbotsdale region on the foot slopes of the Paardeberg, this is a 1ha block we share with good friend and winemaker Jurgen Gouws who farms the block.
SUSTAINABLE/ORGANIC/BIODYNAMIC: Organic GRAPE: 100% Mourvedre
VINIFICATION: Hand-harvested, 100% whole bunch fermented for 10 days in open tanks, where it is then pressed and aged in four 500l French barrel. No yeast added, ambient fermentation. 100% malolactic fermentation (mlf bacteria not added). Unfined and unfiltered. SO2 added after racking in May and then none at bottling. TECHNICAL: Alc 12.40% TA 5.08g/l pH 3.50 RS 1.01g/l VA 0.61g/l fSO2 10ppm tSO2 21ppm