Wine Spectator 88 points - Plump and forward, with creamed apple flavors laced with subtle brioche and heather notes. Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. From South Africa.-J.M.
Adi Badenhorst has the unique ability to fashion spectacular wines at all levels of the price spectrum. The driving force behind the stellar A.A. Badenhorst Family wines and the dynamic "Secateurs" range (also sold at Bayway), Adi felt that there is tremendous potential in the under $10 category. "There is so much high-quality fruit in the Swartland that ends up unrecognizable in Bag-in-Box blends, I felt that by adding a little more care in the vinification of these grapes while maintaining the cost efficiency in the production... that we can produce wines that are sure to turn a few heads for a very reasonable sum of money." And his position is agreed to by many respected wine journalists! "Shows range, with juicy Jonagold apple, white ginger, heather, honeysuckle and green almond notes, backed by an unadorned, juicy finish. Solid. Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon." - Wine Spectator; "Pale medium yellow. Aromas of lemon candy, stone fruits and flowers lifted by exotic notes of honey, licorice and resin. Fruity and silky, offering honeyed yellow fruit flavors and a fatness from the Chardonnay. Finishes with a bit of warmth." - Stephen Tanzer's IWC
|AA Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland appellation of South Africa. The 28ha of old bushvines grow in the Siebritskloof part of the Paardeberg mountain.
The property is owned by the dynamic and good looking cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst. They are originally from Constantia. Their grandfather was the farm manager of Groot Constantia for 46 years. Their fathers were born there and farmed together in Constantia, during the days when people still ate fresh vegetables and Hanepoot grapes, drank Cinsault and there were a lot less traffic lights and hippies still had a presence. Together these two have restored a neglected cellar on the farm that was last used in the 1930’s to make natural wines in the traditional manner.