A.A. Badenhorst White 2017

By , 10 October 2019



Fuzzy logic.

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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    Tim James | 10 October 2019

    Incidentally, as the photo shows, the wine is called “Kalmoesfontein White Blend”. It seems a pity to omit the lovely characterful names Adi uses for his wines. Perhaps what he should do (and perhaps he’s done it for the 2018) is show his insouciance – or contempt for back-labels and their critics, I’m not sure – and leave the designer’s boilerplate text as he certainly has for at least some of his wines:
    Hier kom jou teks oor elke wyn
    Hoe droog en hoog die wingerde is
    Hoe dit met trane natgemak is
    (Here put you text about each wine – how high and dry the vineyards are – how it’s irrigated with tears)

    Jasper | 10 October 2019

    For every vintage so far there have been
    a minor cock-up on the back- mostly misspelled cultivars. Maybe the Grenache that’s presumably a red is not really in there. Adi likes to put the extra bit of confusion! Who knows!?

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