2012 A.A. Badenhorst "Red Blend" Swartland SKU #1249822


RP 92 VN 92
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The most exciting wines in South Africa right now are coming from the Swartland. Ask anyone for a list of key winemakers in this region and I doubt they will get through more than two or three without naming Adi Badenhorst. A.A. Badenhorst Family wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland. The 28-hectare estate consists of mostly old Chenin Blanc, Cinsault and Grenache bush vines planted in the 1950s and 1960s.

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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Blended from Shiraz , Cinsault , Tinta Barocca, Grenache and Mourvedre. Whole cluster, foot-stomped, spontaneous ferment in cement tank, maturation in three 4000L oak casks for 16 months. Highly aromatic with mountain herbs, red flowers, exotic berry fruit, leather, sandal wood, sweet ground spice. Medium bodied and quite focused ; a lithe and energetic wine, evocative of something aged in large format cask, that subtle power, coiled nature. Really special wine.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    This 75% Shiraz blend is big and deep, with ample tannin and acidity. Dark red and black fruits, with tobacco and earthy notes. Throw out your preconceptions of Shiraz, as this isn't what you think it's going to be! Fennel, anise and black plum on the finish. Will benefit from decanting. Delicious and simply wonderful!


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