The Testalonga project was born in 2008 from an idea of Craig Hawkins, a young South African producer with experiences in various cellars between Austria and where he was fortunate to work with Eben Sadie, Stephane Ogier and Remy Pedreno of Roc d'Anglande, and Tom Lubbe of Domaine Matassa.
The winery is located in Bandits Kloof in Piketberg, the northern part of Swartland. Testalonga is named after an old Italian, called Testalonga, who produced wines from those parts. Craig asked him one day if he could use his name, and Testalonga laughing gave him his consent. Craig has an idea of well-defined wine, hinged on three hinges: purity, expressiveness and drinkability, all seasoned by a healthy spirit as an experimenter never domo.
Testalonga, despite its young age, is considered among the leading companies in the world of alternative wines. It produces about 40,000 bottles divided into a battery that includes its own surprising bottles: chenin, macerated chenin, harslevel?, sparkling colombard, muscat of AlexandriaCinsaultMourvedreSyrah and amarela tint. Their wines are exciting, even striking for the South African wine culture, without forgetting the labels strongly influenced by the style of the great street artists, they comment on their own.
The grapes come from old vineyards that grow on the dry land of Swartland and are harvested by hand.
Spontaneous fermentation in steel tanks and refermentation in the bottle for the formation of bubbles.
A natural, fresh and aromatic wine, with crunchy green apple flavours, citrus fruits, bread crust, flowers and a nice minerality. On the palate it is balanced, agile and with excellent freshness.