AA Badenhorst, Family White, Swartland, South Africa, 2018
Chenin Blanc led, with Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and some Palomino, all handpicked from mostly old vineyards planted on the decomposed granite slopes of Kalmoesfontein. Youthful at present and quite taut, with a lightly honeyed nose, dried apricots, white tea and baked hay, with grapefruit, tangerine and underripe mango on the palate. As we’ve seen year on year with the Family White, it ages exceptionally well, and in just a few years will flourish into something more opulent- honeyed, multilayered and more rounded, still with that hallmark savoury, ultra long finish.
We firmly believe that Adi Badenhorst is one of the most exciting winemakers in South Africa. He is also the most frustrating. His laid back, self-deprecating, playful manner keeps you guessing and makes you wonder whether he has any idea what he is actually doing, whether he just chucks some grapes into a vat and hopes for the best, but we know full well that there is a huge amount of expertise that goes on behind closed doors, when no one is around to witness his skill and diligence …and spoil his reputation!
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