No other winemaker captures the artistic heart of the Swartland wine story quite like Adi Badenhorst. He is a master at producing wines with a noble heart while staying true to their rustic soul. The just-released AA Badenhorst 2019 Kalmoesfontein Red is impeccable and pretty much embodies this fine-tuned sensibility.
AA Badenhorst Family Wines has always led the pioneering, almost Wild West-like spirit of the Swartland. Often irreverent in his approach, eschewing technology for tradition, Adi doesn’t just bring a drink to the table but a whole philosophy. This wine is the gateway into the soul of the Swartland.
It’s not unlike listening to a really great singer – there’s an expressiveness and surprise that overcomes how we usually deploy our senses.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag
Sourced from various small parcels, the 2019 Badenhorst Kalmoesfontein Red is a blend of Shiraz, Cinsault, Tinta Barocca, Grenache and Touriga Nacional. It has a vibrant, earthy sense of personality with wonderful perfume and a lightness that belies its refined, fine-grained and chiselled tannin structure. Although bright, lively and delicious, it walks the tightrope between fun and seriousness with a sense of purpose.
AA Badenhorst, Kalmoesfontein Red Blend 2019
‘From Shiraz, Cinsault, Tinta Barocca, Grenache and Touriga Nacional sourced from nine separate vineyards and co-fermented. A complex nose showing red and black berries, rooibos tea, lavender, fynbos, earth and spice. The palate, meanwhile, is balanced and detailed – lovely fruit purity, bright acidity and firm but fine tannins, the finish long and dry. Wonderfully well judged.’ – Christian Eedes, 95/100