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Franz Beckenbauer Libero No 5 2015

Swartland property Lammershoek was sold to a trio of German investors in 2014 leading to the replacement of the maverick Craig Hawkins as winemaker...

Tim James: Lammershoek looking good under new management

When I first found out, a few years back, that the famous footballer of the 1960s and 70s, Franz Beckenbauer, had joined the German...

Testalonga Baby Bandito Follow Your Dreams 2015

Craig Hawkins, the maverick winemaker behind the Testalonga label, detests having his wines scored and in the case of his two new “Baby Bandito”...

Testalonga El Bandito King of Grapes 2015

Can Craig and Carla Hawkins be contained? Subsequent to their departure from Lammershoek, the Testalonga range of wines has grown to 11 and they...

David Cope: Interview with Craig Hawkins

Craig Hawkins has made a name for himself as the biggest advocate of natural wine in South Africa. Together with significant other Carla Kretzel,...

Tim James: On wine additives

Craig Hawkins has a great (and often quirky) sense of humour, but when he chose “Made from grapes” as the motto of his Testalonga...

Testalonga El Bandito 2014

Craig Hawkins pretty much eschews the label “natural wines” for the stuff he makes under the Testalonga El Bandito label as he feels that...

Testalonga El Bandito Cortez 2013

If you’re going to embrace “natural wine”, then it does involve some recalibration of the palate to accept smells and tastes which previously might...