Testalonga

Baby Bandito Keep On Punching Swartland Chenin Blanc

8.955 ratings
8.84 pro ratings
Swartland, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa
Chenin Blanc
Turkey, Vanilla & Caramel, Fruit & Berries, Exotic Spices, Salads & Greens, Pate, Potato, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Fruit Desserts, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pungent Cheese, Squash & Root Vegetables, Goat & Feta Cheese, Cheddar & Gruyere, Sweet Potato, Yuca, Taro, Baking Spices, Chili & Hot Spicy, Nuts & Seeds, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Quinoa, Shellfish, Sweet Potato
Top Notes For
Ainsley Clement

Made from organically, dry farmed, untrellised vines planted in 1961. A fresh Chenin blanc that states pineapple, mineral, lemon zest on the nose. Lemon, pineapple, pear and stainless steel on the palette. Fantastic pairing with fresh garlic Argentinian shrimp. Great find!

Made from organically, dry farmed, untrellised vines planted in 1961. A fresh Chenin blanc that states pineapple, mineral, lemon zest on the nose. Lemon, pineapple, pear and stainless steel on the palette. Fantastic pairing with fresh garlic Argentinian shrimp. Great find!

Dec 21st, 2020
Nikki Goddard, DWS

Ultra-lean, super mineral-driven, perfect ceviche wine.

Ultra-lean, super mineral-driven, perfect ceviche wine.

Apr 12th, 2020
Shawn Thompson

Testalonga or “long face” is legendary Italian orange wine producer Perrinos nickname. Baby Bandito is Chenin from 46 year old vines in granite soil. Whole cluster, unfiltered. A beautiful gold colour with a delightful nose of baked pineapple, honeysuckle and marzipan. Perfectly balanced with a surprising palate of peaches, pomelo and honey. Deep minerality confirming the old vines. Paired with roasted chicken and vegetables. I really loved this wine.

Testalonga or “long face” is legendary Italian orange wine producer Perrinos nickname. Baby Bandito is Chenin from 46 year old vines in granite soil. Whole cluster, unfiltered. A beautiful gold colour with a delightful nose of baked pineapple, honeysuckle and marzipan. Perfectly balanced with a surprising palate of peaches, pomelo and honey. Deep minerality confirming the old vines. Paired with roasted chicken and vegetables. I really loved this wine.

1 person found it helpfulJun 11th, 2018
Rubychick

Well a revisit to a different year, label and time says yes. Weighing heavier than 12% on palate but juicy big and ripe and yes it keeps on punching. Chewy Chenin.

Well a revisit to a different year, label and time says yes. Weighing heavier than 12% on palate but juicy big and ripe and yes it keeps on punching. Chewy Chenin.

Apr 11th, 2016
Chris Haywood

Stinky, tasty, long finish, good acidity that continues to defy a pretty toasty appellation.

Stinky, tasty, long finish, good acidity that continues to defy a pretty toasty appellation.

Jun 26th, 2022
Alex Gastel

Refreshing and grassy

Refreshing and grassy

Jun 25th, 2022
Shawn Thompson

Continues to be a standout South African Chenin. One of my faves. Baked apple, marzipan, minerals with a hint of lemon.

Continues to be a standout South African Chenin. One of my faves. Baked apple, marzipan, minerals with a hint of lemon.

Nov 8th, 2019
Bob Colman

Beautiful. The bottle went way too quickly

Beautiful. The bottle went way too quickly

Dec 26th, 2018
Samvel Simonyants

10/VIII/2018
Воздушные шарики, мокрая шерсть, манго, зелёная груша, ананас, железо, крупная соль. Среднетелое, чистое и достаточно комплексное, несмотря на базовый уровень, с хорошей структурой и кислотностью. Держится стройно в бокале. 17/20

10/VIII/2018
Воздушные шарики, мокрая шерсть, манго, зелёная груша, ананас, железо, крупная соль. Среднетелое, чистое и достаточно комплексное, несмотря на базовый уровень, с хорошей структурой и кислотностью. Держится стройно в бокале. 17/20

Aug 11th, 2018
Jeff Dodd

Quaffable Chenin. Fermented on skins. Will be interested in tasting future vintages as the vines are being revived.

Quaffable Chenin. Fermented on skins. Will be interested in tasting future vintages as the vines are being revived.

Jan 5th, 2018