AA Badenhorst, Ramnasgras Cinsault 750ml 2018South Africa, Swartland
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.
The Ramnasgras Cinsault is from a special vineyard planted in 1964 and is one of the finest Cinsaults we have tasted. Delivering unbelievable purity and elegance, Neal Martin reckons it's ‘very Burgundy-like’.
'Located just inside the gate at the start of Adi Badenhorst's farm on decomposed sand and granite soils, this firm, grippy Cinsault is fermented with 20% whole bunches and is structured, sappy and appealingly low in alcohol. A Cinsault for Grenache lovers. 2021-30.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2019, 93/100
'The nose shows cherry, cranberry and raspberry with some floral perfume and spice in the background. Light yet intensely flavoured and well balanced – pure fruit, good freshness and a very savoury finish. Alcohol: 12%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100
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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