This is the perfect introduction to orange wine. If you're curious about this skin-contact style of winemaking, but don't want to dive in at the deep end, 'Riviera' is a wonderful place to start. Juicy and mouthwatering, with notes of clementine and Bergamot with an incredible texture.
The 'Riviera' is a blend of Chenin and a touch of Semillon, made with just enough skin contact to qualify as an 'Orange Wine'. For years this wine was blended into the regular white wine, for texture. However, when Adi's Canadian agent had a chance to taste it separately, he loved it so much that they decided to bottle it on its own. It's named after one of Adi's vineyards that used to be an ancient river, though mostly Adi likes the name because 'it sounds fancy'.
For more information, watch Ellen and Ben's 'Table Tasting' with Adi Badenhorst on our Youtube.
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.