A.A. Badenhorst White 2017
By Christian Eedes, 10 October 2019
The white blend from Swartland producer Adi Badenhorst is always a complicated affair, the 2017 consisting of 32% Chenin Blanc, 19% Roussanne, 12% each of Grenache Blanc and Verdelho, 8% Viognier, 7% Grenache Gris, 6% Grenache and 4% Clairette Blanche. Yes, all three variations of Grenache and Marsanne, Semillon and Colombar that featured in the 2016 vintage, these replaced by Verdelho and Clairette Blanche in addition to that dash of Grenache Noir!
It hangs together really well, the nose complex and elusive with notes of potpourri, citrus, stone fruit, earth, some nuttiness and spice while the palate is dense and textured yet not without verve. Layers and layers of flavour, the overall impression distinctly savoury, it demands your attention. Wine Cellar price: R335 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 95/100.
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