A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines, Malmesbury, Swartland, Western Cape, South Africa. AA Badenhorst Family Wines are made on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Paardeberg area, it falls in the Swartland appellation, between Malmesbury and Wellington. The 28 ha of vineyard consist of old bush vines planted in the Siebritskloof part of the mountain. The property is owned by the dynamic and good looking cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst. The two of them have restored a neglected cellar on the farm that was last used in the 1930's, to make natural wines in the traditional manner.
Their grandfather was the farm manager at Groot Constantia for 46 years. Their fathers were born in Constantia and farmed there together - in the days when people still ate fresh vegetables, Hanepoot grapes and when there were many fewer traffic lights.
AA Badenhorst Family Red 2007
"One of South Africa’s great wines" - The Wine Anorak
Jancis Robinson: "Perfumed and peppery on the nose. Aniseed too. Wonderful swooping freshness in the mouth, spicy length, damask tannin. Liquorice and sweet dark berries, with a serious savoury loveliness on the finish. Real grace. Still very tightly laced up. This is only the second vintage of this red blend. 13.5%. Drink 2011-18" 17.5++/20 points
Wine Spectator: "A broad, mouthfilling style, featuring a juicy core of fig, blackberry and melted liquorice notes, backed by fresh acidity and a bright floral hint. White pepper and sanguine notes chime in on the polished, lengthy finish. Shows excellent range; should flesh out with cellaring. Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Grenache. Drink now through 2012" 91 points
John Platter: "Disarmingly fruity; lavender, bowls of sun-ripe plums & a smoky vanilla undertone presented with a lovely light, cheerful touch. Year older 500L cask, finished in 4000L foudres" **** 4 Stars
The Wine Anorak: "His 2007 Badenhorst Family red is one of South Africa’s great wines: complex, pure and balanced."
N.B The Badenhorst Family Red is one of only 3 South African red wines on the wine list at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and is also served at The Ledbury (The Restaurant Magazine’s ’Restaurant of the Year’)!
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AA Badenhorst Family White 2008
"Wild and windblown and intriguing" - Jancis Robinson
Jancis Robinson: "Pears and a touch of oak on the nose, honey and thyme. Something wild and windblown and intriguing about this unusual white blend. It tastes of wild honey and aromatic herbs and dried grasses, with a touch of white pepper, soft citrus and pear. Beautifully textured - creamy - with real intensity and finely woven. 14.5%. Drink 2010-15" 17.5/20 points
Wine Spectator: "Broad and ripe, offering gorgeous flavours of white peach, quince and melon that stay well-defined, with floral, blanched almond and green fig notes adding further length and dimension on the finish. Drink now through 2011." 92 points
John Platter: "Elegant power, subtle weight and texture, nothing gauche. Open fermentation & only seasoned oak allows endless chalky, tarragon-scented features centre stage" **** 4.5 Stars
Hamish Anderson (Head Sommelier at The Tate Britain): "There is an argument that in times of diet and detox we should drink less, but better. The trouble comes when you open the bottle and find it hard to have only one glass. This blend of varieties has weight, spice and dried herbs, but above all it is a wine of texture and interest that demands your attention."
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AA Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2011
AA Badenhorst Secateurs Red 2011
The aromas are perfumed, peppery, spicey, smokey &
exhibit ripe red fruit notes. Supple, smooth on entry but with enough grip to
end dry and refreshing . In the mouth the texture & fineness of fruit
tannin and drinkability of the wine is immediately evident.
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