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)