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      Tasting Notes
      Secateurs – shape our bushvines during the winter pruning and are used to pick the ripe grapes in summer. Our family has, for the last three generations, nurtured our vines so that they can produce fruit of integrity.

      The aromas are perfumed, peppery, spicey, smokey and exhibit ripe red fruit notes. As always the palate texture of this style of wine is supple, smooth on the entry but with enough grip and freshness to finish dry and refreshing. In the mouth the texture and fineness of fruit tannin and drinkability of the wine is immediately evident.

      The grapes used are from our farm and from our neighbour’s excellent fruit. Most vines are mountain sloped bushvines. We maintain that high quality fruit comes from old un-irrigated bushvines grown on a variety of granite soils that are naturally low yielding.

      Grapes : Cinsault (82%), Shiraz (10%), Grenache (8%)

      A A Badenhorst Family Wines received a 5-star rating in the influential and highly respected Platter's Guide to S African Wines, 2013 edition. The family took over an ancient winery in the up and coming Perdeberg area that had been built in the 1800s and had last been used in the 1930s. This meant fashionable concrete tanks and, according to the 2009 Platter Guide, a sizeable bat population. More importantly, they acquired 35 hectares of mature, dry-farmed bushvines, which clearly deliver great quality and complexity.

      "Enticing aroma of sweet red fruits, red cherry, but also a more savoury, almost leathery note. There is something really honest about this wine, not rough but not too polished. Some grip and plenty of freshness. Good value. Drink 2020 - 2022. 16 points."
      (Julia Harding MW, Jancis Robinson Purple Pages, 2019-09-03)

      Wine Facts

      Grape Variety
      Grape Variety
      Grape Variety
      Shiraz / Syrah
      Grape Variety
      Red Blend
      South Africa
      Western Cape
      Type (Still/Sparkling)
      Provenance (Old/New World)
      New World
      Body Style
      Medium to Full Bodied Red
      Drinking Stage
      Producer Notes
      AA Badenhorst Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa
      Size of vineyards 
      28ha lanted
      Adi Badenhorst
      The history/story of the vineyard.
      Christof studied Business Administration at Vienna University intent on pursuing a career in banking.  His astute business sense alerted him to the fact that working in his father’s wine business during his studies enhanced his financial and, naturally, his social quality of life no end! During his first university vacation  in 1997 he travelled to wine fairs in the USA, Panama and Italy.  By the end of the summer he had experienced the challenges and excitement of his first harvest.  Before he knew it he was hooked, dreams of banking a distant memory.  The next summer breaks were filled with internships at wineries in Sonoma, Carmernet, Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River and Graf Hardegg, Austria. Christof was keen to learn as much about different wine making techniques across the world.  An OIV wine marketing programme at UC Davies and visits to the wine regions of South Africa helped round of his training.  
      15 years on he owns and runs Hoepler a  47 hectare estate on the slopes of the Leitaberg Hills on the shores of the Neusieedlee Lake in Austria. This unique microclimate enables Hoepler to make white, red and dessert wines. Hoepler exports 70% of its  wine to 35 States in USA, UK, Holland, the Baltics and Scandinavia.  Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, the Queen Mary II, The Estonian Prime Minster and the famous von Trapp Family Lodge of Sound of Music fame are just some of his more well known customers.  His wines have won numerous Gold medals at the International Wine Challenge in London, the AWC, Vienna, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast in the USA and he even won 99 points by Wine Enthusiast for his dessert wine, something he is still trying to top!  Christof lectures at the University of Applied Sciences in Krems, Austria. 
      We purchased the farm in 2007 and have worked tirelessly in the vineyards and winery since then. We now have the finest vineyards and sites in our area. New plantings will commence in 2016 and 2017 of varieties such as Carignan, Alicante, Tinta Barocca, Bastardo, Pontac, Cinsault, Grenache on the red side. More Chenin Blanc, Macabeau, Grenache Gris and Palomino will make the white plantings. The above varieties will be co-planted.
      All old bushvines grown in deep granitic soils on the Paardeberg Mountain range. The oldest Grenache and Cinsault vineyards in the Swartland are on this farm.  Very old chenin blanc too. No irrigation is used. No pesticides, herbicides either. Vineyard nutrition is via N producing cover crops and cattle manure. We are sustainable socially and environmentally.
      Winemaking style/philosophy.
      We work with old vineyards that are able better to express their site and climatic variations annually. In the cellar very little is done other than to extract the juice from the berries by whole bunch pressing the white grapes. The reds are whole bunch fermented as co-fermentations and left on the skins for a lengthy maceration. Only sulphur is added to the wine. Nothing else other than, when needed, a coarse filtration before bottling.

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      We've been recognised as an 'exceptional wine shop' by The Financial Times, one of the 'Top 10 wine shops in the UK' by The Times, and received warm reviews from Decanter.

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