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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 that previously you might have been rejected. Lammershoek winemaker Craig Hawkins who makes natural wines under his own El … [Read more...]

CellarFoot The Straw 2010


Nothing that Lammershoek winemaker Craig Hawkins does is remotely mainstream but CellarFoot is the label he uses to designate the wines which he feels really push the boundaries. The three stand-out wines for me are the following: CellarFoot … [Read more...]

Lammershoek Syrah 2012

Pointing the way.

Craig Hawkins arrived as winemaker at Lammershoek in the Swartland at the end of 2009 with a view to making “natural wines” – no cultured yeasts, no new oak and absolutely minimal amounts of sulphur allowed. I visited Hawkins for the first time in … [Read more...]

Scali Blanc 2009


The randomness of Twitter. “ Scali Blanc 2009 - a bit too odd for it's (sic) own good? Distinctive and characterful, but a bit wild for me. Like sherry + new oak”, tweeted Richard Hemming this past Friday. Now Hemming is a wine writer on … [Read more...]

Patapon 2009

Clowning around.

Over the weekend such natural wines as Domaine le Briseau Patapon Coteaux du Loir 2009. From the Pineau d’Aunis variety, it was rustic, dirty even, but wonderfully so. Craig Hawkins of Lammershoek in the Swartland in South Africa and his Testalonga … [Read more...]

Lammershoek Roulette 2005

Well built.

Craig Hawkins is the hotshot new winemaker at Lammershoek who is rightfully attracting a lot of attention for his avant-garde wines but the efforts of his predecessor Albert Ahrens (now at Goede Hoop in Stellenbosch) shouldn’t be entirely … [Read more...]