Craig Hawkins is a young winemaker who has travelled extensively in Europe and worked in Portugal and Austria.He makes two white wines under his own Testalonga label and has taken over the winemaking at Lammershoek.He experiments in each vintage. In 2009 vintage he used 100% undestemmed bunches and the wine did carbonic maceration on the stems for three to four weeks. The same block of Chenin was used from Lammershoek.His other wine, called Cortez, is also from Chenin, but in this case the grapes are sourced from an adjacent valley from a farm called The Observatory (which is also on granitic soils).His wines are incredibly pure; he believes that the lees are the soul of the wine.
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