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EL BANDITO The Dark Side, 2020


  • Appellation: SWARTLAND
  • Region: Swartland
  • Country: South Africa
  • Colour: Red
  • Grape Varieties: Syrah
  • Soil type: Granite, Gravel
  • Vessel type: Wood - Old oak
  • Unfined.
  • Unfiltered.
  • Low sulphite.

Notes on additives, aids & processing used:

  • No temperature control.
  • Total Sulphites: 18 mg/L
  • This wine is fermented spontaneously.
  • Other Information:Alcohol: 11.9% Bottle size: Magnum Age of the vines: 35 years 100% whole bunches in open 1500 litre tanks, pressed after 10 days and then matured four 500L old French oak barrels. This reminds one of a friendly Syrah, say from Crozes-Hermitage, low in alcohol Tasting note: blackcurrants with violets and cool strawberry on the palate. Very spicy and peppery through the finish. Beautiful seamless red, this is for lovers of elegance and whimsy in their fine wines.


Swartland, South Africa

Testalonga was started in 2008 by Craig and Carla Hawkins. We are based in the Swartland region of South Africa. We strive to make wine from grapes and nothing else.