Badenhorst Family Wines

Swartland, South Africa

We met Adi Badenhorst when he was making great wines at Rustenberg, and we have been shipping bottles from the family-owned vineyards at Kalmoesfontein farm on the Paardeberg for so many years that we still remember the days of bats nesting in the bedrooms and the resident Cape Cobra that lived behind one of the fermentation tanks!

The farm is now a wonderful juxtaposition of old and new, with a patchwork of knotted old vines rubbing shoulders with young plantings, the conversion of old stables into holiday cottages and even a rustic chic wedding venue that's graced the covers of Forbes magazine.
Adi Badenhorst

One thing that hasn't changed is the cellar, where the most modern piece of equipment is the coffee machine. Winemaking is traditional and with minimal intervention; using concrete fermentation tanks and old oak, often big old barrels which give no wood tannins at all, with the emphasis on highlighting the fantastic fruit and terroir of the farm. Adi’s grizzled appearance rules him out as ‘young gun’ of the South African wine scene, but his energy and talent is still boundless, and the wines consistently dazzling. We give you Adi Badenhorst, the man who says his winemaking technique is "Ach, man, we dump it all in here and it just makes itself"!

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Badenhorst, Raaigras Grenache, 2019

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Badenhorst, Raaigras Grenache, 2019
Badenhorst, Raaigras Grenache, 2019

A fabulous (and all too rare) new world Grenache. Soft and pale (Grenache is not a deeply...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD719

GrapeGrenache

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Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019

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Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019
Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019

Dassiekop literally translates as the hill of the dassies, the furry and friendly little rock...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD419

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2020

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2020
Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2020

10% goes into old oak barrels, giving volume rather than oak flavour, and the wine gains weight...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD120

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2018

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Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2018
Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2018

"Between 14 and 17 vineyards - Adi Badenhorst can't quite remember - go into this...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCoastal

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD318

GrapeChenin Blanc Blend

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Badenhorst Family Red, Swartland, 2017

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Badenhorst Family Red, Swartland, 2017
Badenhorst Family Red, Swartland, 2017

Lovely old-fashioned methods: early picked grapes for freshness, whole bunches foot-trodden for...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCoastal

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD817

GrapeSyrah/Shiraz Blend

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Badenhorst, Secateurs Red, Swartland, 2019

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Badenhorst, Secateurs Red, Swartland, 2019
Badenhorst, Secateurs Red, Swartland, 2019

Over the years this has changed from being a chunky blend based on Syrah to a more graceful one...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD619

GrapeCinsault blend

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