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Badenhorst Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa

It is some time now since we shipped for the first time from Adi Badenhorst - he of the interesting facial hair, top parrot-breeder and winemaker of rare genius - after he gave up his post as the head winemaker at Rustenberg. Alongside his family-owned vineyards at Kalmoesfontein farm on the Paardeberg, Adi’s cellar is now looking fully renovated and he was in ebullient form when visited in March. His wines have found favour everywhere - from our band of customers to wine critics around the world.

Badenhorst Family Wines

What is his secret? Well, he is crafting wines in a very traditional, minimal interventionist manner, using concrete fermentation tanks and old oak, often big old barrels which give no wood tannins at all. Whilst he professes total naivety along the lines of "Ach, man, we dump it all in here and it just makes itself", he is also highly thoughtful. He prefers to leave his reds, post-fermentation, on their skins for 6-12 months - as he believes this delivers smooth tannins, texture and suppleness. He is also moving towards picking earlier, to avoid jamminess and to seek a more perfumed, Rhône-like style.

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  • Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2016

    Product Code: BAD316

    Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2016

    “This is the top white blend made by Adi Badenhorst, hirsute parrot breeder and winemaking genius. The target is consistent, a densely textured,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Coastal
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
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  • Badenhorst Family Red, Swartland, Coastal Region, 2015

    Product Code: BAD815

    Badenhorst Family Red, Swartland, Coastal Region, 2015

    “52% Shiraz, 21% Grenache, 18% Cinsault and 9% Tinta Barocca, given a very long post-fermentation maceration. Crafted for perfume, suavity and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Coastal
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
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