Secateur Chenin Blanc, A.A Badenhorst, Swartland, South Africa, 2019
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Trailblazer – up-and-coming region – wines with personality – 35 hectares
A. A. Badenhorst
One often hears wine merchants saying that winemakers like to let the wines speak for themselves. Well, Adi’s wines would be lucky to get a word in edgeways! He is a fast-talking, quick-witted, warm-hearted kind of guy who aims to produce wines with bags of personality. If you want to drink wines with soul that were made using gut feel rather than technical recipes, then this is definitely where you should be focusing your attention.
Today, Swartland is among the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions in the world – it’s extremely old bush vines attracting the attention of some of South Africa’s most pioneering winemakers. Adi took over this ancient winery in the Paardeberg district, utilising his 35 hectares of mature, dryfarmed bush vines to produce a range of grapes, including Chenin Blanc, Grenache and Cinsault, along with more unusual varieties such as the Portuguese indigenous grape, Tinta Barocca.
This wine is full of texture and character – aromas and flavours of peaches, apples, honey, flint and orange blossom. A small proportion of the wine is fermented in oak adding to the silky texture of the wine.