AA Badenhorst Ringmuur Cinsault 2020


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Adi Badenhorst comes from a long line of farmers, growing up in between the vineyards around Constantia. As a true viticulturist he uses a mixture of concrete and foudre barrels to allow flavours from the vineyard to take precedence and not be obscured by anything ‘woody’. Adi had worked at wineries all over the world and South Africa, before he set up his own farm in 2006. He is a member of the esteemed Cape Winemakers Guild and is one of the pioneers of the Swartland wine movement.

A tiny vineyard planted on decomposed granite soils where only 700 bottles are produced. Adi employs Carbonic maceration to make this wine, a technique commonly used to achieve the playful candied fruit flavours reminiscent in Beaujolais. This however has a core of earthy red fruit, showing raspberry and pomegranate that truly lift out of the glass. Despite 12% alcohol, there is plenty of berry concentration to match up with small poultry.

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Adi Badenhorst is the complete opposite of the suit-clad Château Lafite aficionado’s of this world and yet his fantastic facial hair and incredible sense of humour cannot mask the huge talent this man possesses as a winemaker.

From three generations of winemaking stock, Adi was destined to be the best. Time in the Rhône, New Zealand and as winemaker at Rustenberg polished his talent before he (along with his cousin) brought his humble vineyard in the Paardeberg complete with gnarled vines and a run-down winery.

He is now one of the leading players in ‘The Swartland Revolution’, a group of pioneering young winemakers, including Eben Sadie, Chris Mullineux and Marc Kent, making wines from the amazing raw materials that are part of the Swartland’s grape-growing legacy - a legacy that dates back centuries. Adi makes wines to drink.

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