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.