AA Badenhorst Ramnasgras and other limited releases

Adi Badenhorst is a poster boy for the Swartland’s success and a driving force behind the Revolution. When he bought Kalmoesfontein in 2008, he was one of the first dynamic vignerons to put his money where his mouth is and buy vineyards, showing long-term commitment. But with all the hype around the Sadie Family releases, Porseleinberg, and the exceptionally well-crafted Mullineux wines, it’s easy to forget the value that the Badenhorst Family Wines have to offer.

‘Adi’s wines have grown up, but like the man himself, matured without dispensing their sense of edginess…These are funky wines in a positive sense.’ – Neal Martin

Both the AA Badenhorst Family White and Family Red 2013s are brimming with character, but without the rusticity of the past. Recent vintages have become more refined and focused in style. The 2013 Family Red, just released, impresses with elegance and a fine tannin thread that follows to a long finish. It’s a tad lighter than the 2012 but fleshes out beautifully after a day, proving that it needs a few years to reach its full potential.

The Family White 2013 is simply phenomenal. The restrained nose shows clear signs of natural winemaking and the palate offers complexity, freshness and a savoury fleshiness that is world class, reminiscent of great Rhône whites. This is a 10-way varietal blend including Chenin Blanc, Marsanne and Roussanne.

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Besides these well-priced wines, Adi also loves experimenting and producing cutting-edge wines. His Geel Kapel Muscat de Frontignan 2013 is one of my wines of the year and a genuinely unique offering. Oxidatively made, it is a wine to savour and is built to last. We also secured the Graniet-Berg 2013 – a white blend of Roussanne (75%) and Grenache Blanc. These are trend-setting wines in the true spirit of the CWG auction.

The AA Badenhorst Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014, which is usually destined for the CWG, has just been released and is one of the more serious Cinsaults, made in a leaner, fine-boned style. It is light in alcohol but will still need a year or so to open up. Because this wine is extremely limited, it is tied 1:1 with the other Family Wines.

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The AA Badenhorst Brak-Kuil Barbarossa 2014 was Tim Atkin’s Red Wine Discovery of the Year (95/100) and will be released soon in very small quantities. Once available, preference will be given to those who have bought the wines in this offer.

Email James@winecellar.co.za  or place your order online .

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Tasting Notes

AA Badenhorst Family White 2013 – R 275

This blend of Chenin Blanc with nine other varieties (the same number as Eben Sadie’s Palladius, coincidentally) has gone up a notch in quality in 2013. Savoury, concentrated and complex, it’s a wine with multiple nuances, combining citrus, stone and tropical fruit underpinned by minerality. Drink: 2015-20. – Tim Atkin 94/100

AA Badenhorst CWG Geel Kapel Muscat de Frontignan 2013 – R 995

If there’s a boundary that needs pushing, you can rely on Adi Badenhorst to do it. This dry, skin contact white, made from Muscat de Frontignan, shows complex flavours of orange peel and bruised apple underpinned by acidity and skin tannins. Oxidative winemaking at its best. Drink: 2015-18. – Tim Atkin 93/100

Bags of personality here with the nose showing peach and apricot, potpourri, dried herbs and spice. The palate meanwhile shows concentrated fruit and tangy acidity before a salty finish. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 92/100

AA Badenhorst CWG Graniet-Berg 2013 – R 1,095

Adi Badenhorst made this exclusively for the Cape Winemakers’ Guild, but you may be able to find some out in the market. A blend of Roussanne with 20% Grenache Blanc, it’s leesy, waxy and typically understated, driven by acidity and minerality and finishing long on the palate. Drink: 2015-21. – Tim Atkin 93/100

75% Roussanne, 25% Grenache Blanc. Peach, spice and a little earthiness. Rich and broad – good depth of flavour, tangy acidity, very phenolic on the finish. Not for the uninitiated… – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 91/100

AA Badenhorst Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014 – R 275 (only available in mixed packs)

Pale in colour, as Cinsault often is, this is a delicate, floral red that almost smells like a white wine and has similar levels of acidity. Wild strawberry, pomegranate, saffron and nutmeg spice, with remarkable purity, focus and length. Cape Cinsault at its best. Drink: 2015-20. – Tim Atkin 93/100

AA Badenhorst Brak-Kuil Barbarossa 2014 – Coming soon

Using the big-bunched Portuguese Barbarossa grape, grown on a chalk bed in the Swartland, Adi Badenhorst has made one of the Cape’s most characterful reds. Spicy, whole bunch fermentation, bags of perfume, flavours of bramble, liquorice and raspberry jam, smooth tannins and delightful freshness. Only 100 cases made, but what a wine. Drink: 2015-21. – Tim Atkin 95/100


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