AA Badenhorst, Ramnasgras Cinsault 750ml 2018

South Africa, Swartland
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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.

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’.

Tasting notes:
'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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Bottle Size 750ml
Style Red
Country South Africa
Rating TA 93
Drink To Long-term cellar
Price R465.00
Producer AA Badenhorst
Region Swartland
Variety Cinsault
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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