When it comes to the wines of Swartland producer Adi Badenhorst, then an attitude of “Expect the unexpected” is useful. The White 2016 is a blend of 25% Chenin Blanc, 16% Grenache Gris, 15% each of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, 11% Marsanne, 10% Semillon, 5% Viognier and 3% Colombar and comes across as just a little peculiar and challenging but the more memorable as a result.
The nose shows cut apple, yellow peach, some nuttiness and biscuit-like character. The palate is rich and broad with some unapologetic oxidative character – deep in flavour and possessing a good line of acidity, the finish is long and very savoury. Wine Cellar price: R335 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 92/100.
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