Palomino, the key grape used to produce sherry, was planted in the 1950s so that South Africans could make their own sherry-styled wines. After not much success, Adi bought up some of the remaining vineyards to make a truly unique wine. For any seafood on the menu tonight, look no further than ‘Sout van die Aarde’, translating as ‘Salt of the Earth’. The nose is pure sea breeze and oyster shell with back notes of grapefruit, white citrus and limestone minerality. On the palate, the 2019 is soft and fleshy, with a cool glycerol density. This gives it additional flexibility with dishes that follow the fish!
Producer Information: AA Badenhorst
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.