The 'Ramnagras' vineyard is only bottled as a stand-alone wine in certain years, and perfectly showcases the unsung potential of Cinsault in South Africa. Colloquially known as 'Hermitake', Cinsault has historically been a workhorse grape in the country. It is seeing a fantastic renaissance with winemakers, like Adi Badenhorst, who recognise its potential to produce elegant yet complex reds. This example is full of vibrant red berry fruit, a subtle earthiness and lovely spice on the finish. It will certainly age well in bottle for several years to come as well.
Ramnasgras makes an interesting contrast with Ringmuur, showing more tannin, extraction and density than its paler, more ethereal sibling. Stony and granitic, with plum and red berry flavours, savoury intensity and a meaty undertone. Drink 2023-30.
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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