PERSONAL NOTE: Baby Bandito is a project we have been doing for 2 years now. There was a heavy influence from street artists (the good ones, not just your drunk student defacing someone’s wall, unless it was good) in the labels and the idea of a “series” using different and bright colours. The names of the wines come from expressions that we use as if giving encouragement to a child. “Follow your Dreams” is a quote made famous by the street artist, Banksy, who says “All art is stolen” so we stole his quote. The photograph was taken by my brother Mark (with permission) whilst on holiday in Vietnam.
NAME OF ESTATE/DOMAINE: TESTALONGA
VIGNERONS: Craig & Carla Hawkins
LOCATION Bandits Kloof, Eendekuil, Piketberg, Swartland
TERROIR: (type of soil, exposition, altitude, Area), Decomposed Granite, North facing, 220m above sea level, from the Paardeberg.
VITICULTURE: Planted in 2001, bush vine (un-trellised), farmed organically. This is a block that is fairly vigorous for the dry soils of the Swartland, and produces a good amount of high quality grape with very juicy large berries. We try keep as many leaves as possible to shade the block as it can suffer from sunburn.
SUSTAINABLE/ORGANIC/BIODYNAMIC – Organic
GRAPE: 100% Carignan
YIELDS (hectolitre per hectare): 20hl/ha
VINIFICATION: Hand harvested and 100% whole bunch fermented. The wine does not do carbonic maceration but rather is crushed before going into tank for 3 days of fermentation and then pressed off into an old 3500l Foudre. Fermentation time was shorter in 2016 to negate the harsh effects of the dry growing season. No yeast (or other) inoculation or additives apart from a small amount of SO2 shortly before bottling. 100% malolactic fermentation. Not filtered nor fined.
TECHNICAL: Alc 11.72% TA 5.84g/l pH 3.54 RS 2.99g/l VA 0.66g/l fSO2 16ppm tSO2 27ppm