The old dark-skinned grape vines on Wimpie Bouwer’s property in the St Helena ward of the Swartland was originally thought to be Cinsaut but after investigations by research institute Nietvoorbij, were identified as Barbarossa, a lesser-known Italian grape which was apparently planted locally in the first half of the 20th century but then deregistered.
Enter Adi Badenhorst of AA Badenhorst Family Wines who decided to make a wine out of the last remaining plantings of the variety (read more here). The 2015 is the second vintage and it makes for a super-interesting drop. Dark fruit, fynbos, nutmeg and clove on the nose while the palate is intensely flavoured – a winning sweetness upfront offset bright acidity, the tannins nicely grippy. Suffice to say, it’s unlike anything you’ve drunk before.
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