AA Badenhorst, Bokveld Pinot Noir 750ml 2018South Africa, Swartland
'His manner is so relaxed he might as well be lying down,’ writes Neal Martin, describing Adi after his 2018 visit to Kalmoesfontein – the home of AA Badenhorst Family Wines. But don’t be fooled by Adi’s playful and coy demeanour. After a decade of farming 41 hectares of old vines, with the oldest planted in 1952, his tiny-production 2017 single vineyards are simply incredible.
How does he decide which vineyards to bottle separately? ‘These special parcels are rated 3 on the ‘golden tears’ scale,’ says Adi, referring to the tears these precious old vines make him and his team shed when entering the vineyard. These 3 Chenin Blancs are full and textured and have a vivid freshness that will allow ageing. The reds are more deft and elegant and hold amazing precision and depth.
'Pinot Noir isn't the first grape you associate with Adi Badenhorst, but this comes from the cool Ceres Plateau rather than steamier Swartland. Now in its third vintage, it's a fresh, tangy, crunchy style with 30% whole bunches and the focus on cherry and pomegranate fruit rather than oak. 2020-26.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2019, 91/100
'Grapes from Ceres Plateau. Red cherry, a hint of rose-like perfume and spice on the nose. Juicy and fresh with fine tannins. Super-light and elegant. Alcohol: 12.5%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 91/100
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JR: JancisRobinson.com | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator