A A Badenhorst
Raaigras Grenache, 2020

Swartland, South Africa

£48.00

A A Badenhorst, Raaigras Grenache, 2020

A A Badenhorst
Raaigras Grenache, 2020

Swartland, South Africa

£48.00

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SIZE:
75cl

'The varietal that can best communicate where it’s from is Grenache. It listens'. - Adi Badenhorst

'Raaigras' is the oldest Grenache vineyard in South Africa, planted in the early 1950s. Consisting of just 12 rows of vines, Adi cheekily tells us that it's pronounced 'Rye Grass' 'which I suppose rhymes with Rayas'. We love this nod to this famed expression of Grenache and feel that the Raaigras is suitably exceptional in its own right. Smooth and rounded, with notes of dark berry fruit and white pepper. Approachable in its youth, but still capable of ageing for years to come.

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Tim Atkin MW

Made with what Adi Badenhorst assures me is the oldest Grenache vines in the Cape, planted in 1952, this is a reserved, focused, dusty red with very little oak influence, understated grip and concentration, brooding minerality and plum and red cherry fruit. Drink 2023-28.

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.

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