El Bandito Sweet Cheeks Muscat d' Alexandrie 2018Testalonga
Origin: South Africa
An intense, dry Muscat, with notes of bitter orange, ginger, rose and violet... The palate is fresh, balanced, with a refined bitterness, with a saline finish. A 100% Muscat d'Alexandrie cuvée, from old vines pruned in the traditional gobelet method, farmed biodynamically, planted in the 1960s, and formerly owned by Tom Lubbe of Matassa! Located at 200 metres altitude on a granitic soil. The vines are not irrigated, zero chemicals are used, and grapes are harvested manually. The grapes are destemmed followed by 10 days of maceration, then a slow, gentle pressing to preserve the fruit flavours, and matured in old 500-litre barrels. Neither filtered nor fined, with a micro dose of sulphur at bottling.