A A Badenhorst
Family Red, 2018

Swartland, South Africa

£27.95

A A Badenhorst, Family Red, 2018

A A Badenhorst
Family Red, 2018

Swartland, South Africa

£27.95

The 'Family Red' is a celebration of the beauty and unique character of the Swartland. Youthful and vibrant, with notes of blackberries, cherry, pink peppercorn, and violets. 

'When you’re working like that you aren’t picking for varietal typicity, you’re picking to make a blend that best expresses the area.' - Adi Badenhorst

A blend of mostly Syrah, with some Grenache, Cinsault, and Tinta Barocca (which adds a bit of 'punch') rounding it out. Although these varieties ripen at slightly different times, Adi harvests all at once and ferments them together in the same tank.

 

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The Willamette Valley in Oregon is a remarkable place. Nestled around Salem, just a stones throw from the Pacific Ocean, it is home to a broad patchwork of vineyards perfectly suited to growing Burgundian grape varieties. It is perhaps no surprise then, that the Willamette Valley is also often compared to Burgundy and has attracted supremely talented winemakers who covet exceptional Pinot Noir. 

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The 2018 Red Blend, comprising Shiraz, Grenache, Cinsault and Tinta Barocca fermented in concrete tanks, offers appealing mulberry, black plum, curry leaf and potpourri aroma that gradually gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with red berry fruit, white pepper and clove. The finish has a precision that I admire and a saltiness that lingers in the mouth. Toothsome!

About A A Badenhorst

Adi Badenhorst is a farmer first and foremost. In 2007 he bought a dilapidated old winery on the northern side of the Paardeberg Mountain in the Swartland. It was rough around the edges, but with magnificent old vineyards that just needed a bit of love. Since then he and his wife have worked tirelessly to breathe new life into the farm, and today it is one of the most interesting vineyard sites in the area.

Adi's focus is on producing wines that are authentic celebrations of the Swartland and its unique growing conditions. His Family Red and White wines are deliberately designed to give the best expression of 'place', whilst his single-vineyard bottling's hail from small parcels of old vines, each with their own terroir expression. He is also experimenting more with skin contact wines and has recently started producing an approachable orange Chenin/Semillon within his Saceuters range. To taste Adi's wines is to taste the Swartland distilled into a glass. Remarkable and delicious.

Read our interview with Adi, on the blog now.