2019 Testalonga ‘Skin’ Chenin Blanc
Craig Hawkins is one of the most influential and certainly the most exciting winemakers of not only South Africa, but the New World. Producing wine in the Swartland in South Africa, he has helped to change the image of South African wine.
Craig's Testalonga wines often have such complexity, derived from his winemaking methods, that the authorities don’t know how to deal with it – he is denied export certification on an annual basis due to his wines lacking ‘typicity’.
This is Chenin Blanc made with 10 days skin contact from a vineyard planted in 1972. The aromas are very discreet, with just a hint of green apple skin and faint spice. The palate is beautifully weighted and textured despite very modest alcohol. There is great complexity in the mouth and the finish goes on and on.