'...arguably the southern hemisphere's greatest Palomino' - Tim Atkin MW
'Sout van die Aarde' translates to 'Salt of the Earth' in Afrikaans; a name that perfectly encompasses the saline, sea-breeze character of this incredible wine. Palomino was previously used in South Africa to produce sherry-like wines, but plantings are now increasingly rare to come by. This single-vineyard, worked by Adi Badenhorst, is one of few remaining in the country and boasts a wealth of remarkable old vines. Their proximity to the ocean also means the vines are heavily influenced by the salt spray of the ocean.
This is a uniquely delicious white that's incredibly crisp, yet textured, with notes of ripe pear, green apple, zingy lemon and orchard fruit, with a salty minerality lining the finish. It is a wine with amazing ageing capability, that also drinks well in its youth. Definitely one to enjoy with fresh seafood or anything that begs for a hefty squeeze of lemon.
Called "salt of the earth" because it comes from the same coastal, sand and limestone
vineyard as Eben Sadie's Skerpioen, this is arguably the southern hemisphere's greatest Palomino. Light and pithy, with sea salt and citrus flavours, wonderful purity and tension and a long, tapering finish. Drink 2022-27.
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.