Testalonga Baby Bandito Follow Your Dreams 2018

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Bandits Kloof, Eendekuil & Piketberg, Swartland, South Africa
Uncertified Organic
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, minimal additional sulphites

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After travelling extensively in Portugal and Austria learning his craft, Craig Hawkins returned to South Africa and became the winemaker at top Swartland estate Lammershoek.  Craig now makes his own wines from various small, organic vineyard sites in Swartland and makes his wine naturally, with as little intervention as possible.

Follow Your Dreams is a big bouncing ball of a Carignan - a world away from the heavier, more intense expressions you may link to the Launguedoc or Priorat.  Of all the Testalonga bush vines these are the youngest; they produce grapes with vigour, meaning less physiological ripeness and complexity, but big on the pure-fruited juice.  It's all red berries like raspberry and cherry with tart pomegranate and interesting herbaceous notes too.  This is one to throw into the ice bucket and then pour out into generous glasses.  Craig's wines have a keen following, and for good reason.  They don't tend to hang around for long either.