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A.A. Badenhorst Geelkapel Muscat de Frontigan 2017

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The wines of Adi Badenhorst might not be the most immaculately crafted but they are definitely some of the most distinctive and absorbing. Tasting notes and scores for the current releases as follows:

A.A. Badenhorst Geelkapel Muscat de Frontigan 2017
Bonkers good.

A.A. Badenhorst Geelkapel Muscat de Frontigan 2017
Wine Cellar price: R465
Fermented on the skins for 10 days. A complex nose showing top notes of flowers and herbs before citrus, ginger and other spice plus some leesy funk. The palate shows good depth of fruit and bright acidity. Unconventional in conception and execution, this is nevertheless full of interest and rather delicious. Alcohol: 13.5%.

Editor’s rating: 93/100.

Buy This WineA.A. Badenhorst Klip Kop Steen 2017
Wine Cellar price: R465
From a 1966 vineyard on granite. Notes of orange, pineapple and stale beer on the nose. The palate is rich, broad and flavourful with a bit of heat on the finish due to an alcohol of 14.5%. It’s a rollicking wine which you could hardly call focused but perhaps that’s not the point.

Editor’s rating: 91/100.

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A.A. Badenhorst Piet Bok se Bos Steen 2017
Wine Cellar price: R465
From a 1968 vineyard on granite. A compelling nose showing hay, peach, naartjie and a hint of pineapple plus some nutty, yeast notes in the background while the palate is super-rich and the finish very dry and slightly bitter. A striking and particular wine. Alcohol: 13.5%.

Editor’s rating: 94/100.  

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A.A. Badenhorst The Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc 2017
Wine Cellar price: R465
From a 1968 vineyard on yellow granite soil. A hugely expressive notes with top notes of hay and flowers before guava, peach, citrus and yellow apple plus spice and some yeasty complexity. The palate is marked by super-concentrated fruit and punchy acidity. It’s an ebullient wine with plenty of flavour that just keeps coming at you. Alcohol: 14%.

Editor’s rating: 94/100.

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A.A. Badenhorst Raaigras Grenache 2017
20% whole-bunch fermentation. Cherry, wild strawberry, earth and white pepper on the nose. The palate is rich and broad yet not without freshness – dense fruit and fine but simultaneously grippy tannins. Impactful without being gauche. Alcohol: 14%.

Editor’s rating: 94/100.

A.A. Badenhorst Ramnasgras Cinsault 2017
Wine Cellar price: R465
70% whole-bunch fermentation. Cherries, plums, some earthiness and spice on the nose. The palate is rich and broad (although the alcohol is a relatively moderate 13%) with juicy fruit, moderate acidity and some spice on the finish.

Editor’s rating: 91/100.

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A.A. Badenhorst Sk’Windjiesvlei Tinta Barocca 2017
Wine Cellar price: R465
Red and black berries, some floral perfume, herbs and spice on the nose while the palate shows juicy fruit and fine, powdery tannins. Relatively broad given a modest alcohol of 13.5% – a very likeable take on this variety that can make for sturdy, quite rustic wines.

Editor’s rating: 92/100.

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