A. A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2010

By , 5 April 2014

A. A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2010, A. A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2010

Unpolished.

The Red 2010 from Swartland producer A. A. Badenhorst Family Wines was nominated for 5 Stars but ultimately not endorsed but then the same fate befell Ernie Els CWG Aucition Reserve 2011 and Sadie Family Columella 2011 to name two other non-Bordeaux-style red blends.

To date the Platter’s 5-Star tasting sees wines nominated sighted by individual tasters reviewed blind by a five-person panel, at least a 3-2 majority vote necessary for endorsement. I was on the panel that reviewed non-Bordeaux reds for the current guide and while on the day I thought the A.A. Badenhorst Family Red 2010 was worthy of 5 Stars, my colleagues were concerned about a “feral” quality (for which read the effects of spoilage yeast Brettanomyces).

On drinking a bottle recently, I again liked the wine very much. A blend of 74% Shiraz, 18% Grenache, 6% Cinsaut and 2% Tinta Barocca, the wine shows red fruit, fynbos and, yes, a certain wild note reminiscent of hung meat. Good weight despite a relatively modest abv of 13.5% before a long, spicy finish. Not over-extracted, not too stalky. Really compelling – the rough edges which it possesses only adding to the appeal. Available from Liquor City Claremont at R251.99 a bottle.

Score: 92/100.

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