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Brakkuil Barbarossa

AA Badenhorst, Brakkuil Barbarossa 2015

R350

23 in stock

Notes

A joint adventure between the Bouwer and Badenhorst Families.

Tasting notes:
The 2015 Brakkuil Barbarossa is the 2nd release of this St Helena appellation wine. The wine’s character is by all means unique. Quite elegant aromatics, comparable to Cinsaut or Grenache, but with fruit and savoury flavours and remarkable colour and density on the mid- palate.

'Adi Badenhorst thinks he has now identified the grape behind this rare, dry-farmed wine as the very rare French variety, Danague. It’s more tannic and deeper in colour than the 2014, with lower alcohol and a little more freshness too. Savoury, stemmy and brambly with a linear, focused finish. Drink: 2016-21.' – Tim Atkin, 93/100

Winemaker's comments:
'The farm is called Brakkuil and its situated just to the north of a small town called Dwarskersbos in the St. Helena Bay ward. The vineyards are owned by the Wimpie Bouwer and his family who have a deep love and respect for this unique part of the West Coast. We met Wimpie at the end of 2013 on the farm and after walking through the vineyards, planted in sandy soils but with their roots firmly in pure limestone, we realised that this vineyard was something special. The vineyard is situated on the west coast, 2km from the beach, on pure white sand with calcareous subsoil. The exact age is unknown but believed to be older than 60 years.

This incredibly scarce grape variety originated in the northern parts of Italy and could also be found on the island of Corsica. How it ended up in South Africa is a feat in itself. We discovered this vineyard where it was grown for decades under the false (or deliberate) classification as Cinsault. It was however clearly not and has bunches and berries even larger than that of Cinsault. The older farm workers spoke of the ‘Barbarossa” and after investigation, the possibility thereof was quite intriguing. Barbarossa was first described in South Africa in A.I. Perold’s 'A Treatise to Viticulture' which was written in 1927 and it was first recorded as early as 1884. The possibility that it could be the same variety as Danugue or Gros Guillaume was also mentioned. It remains a bit of a mystery but whatever the source of the original cuttings are, the grapes are beautiful and the wine is vibrant and classic. The 2015 vintage was the 2nd Barbarossa we made together.' – Adi Badenhorst, Winemaker

A joint adventure between the Bouwer and Badenhorst Families.

Tasting notes:
The 2015 Brakkuil Barbarossa is the 2nd release of this St Helena appellation wine. The wine’s character is by all means unique. Quite elegant aromatics, comparable to Cinsaut or Grenache, but with fruit and savoury flavours and remarkable colour and density on the mid- palate.

'Adi Badenhorst thinks he has now identified the grape behind this rare, dry-farmed wine as the very rare French variety, Danague. It’s more tannic and deeper in colour than the 2014, with lower alcohol and a little more freshness too. Savoury, stemmy and brambly with a linear, focused finish. Drink: 2016-21.' – Tim Atkin, 93/100

Winemaker's comments:
'The farm is called Brakkuil and its situated just to the north of a small town called Dwarskersbos in the St. Helena Bay ward. The vineyards are owned by the Wimpie Bouwer and his family who have a deep love and respect for this unique part of the West Coast. We met Wimpie at the end of 2013 on the farm and after walking through the vineyards, planted in sandy soils but with their roots firmly in pure limestone, we realised that this vineyard was something special. The vineyard is situated on the west coast, 2km from the beach, on pure white sand with calcareous subsoil. The exact age is unknown but believed to be older than 60 years.

This incredibly scarce grape variety originated in the northern parts of Italy and could also be found on the island of Corsica. How it ended up in South Africa is a feat in itself. We discovered this vineyard where it was grown for decades under the false (or deliberate) classification as Cinsault. It was however clearly not and has bunches and berries even larger than that of Cinsault. The older farm workers spoke of the ‘Barbarossa” and after investigation, the possibility thereof was quite intriguing. Barbarossa was first described in South Africa in A.I. Perold’s 'A Treatise to Viticulture' which was written in 1927 and it was first recorded as early as 1884. The possibility that it could be the same variety as Danugue or Gros Guillaume was also mentioned. It remains a bit of a mystery but whatever the source of the original cuttings are, the grapes are beautiful and the wine is vibrant and classic. The 2015 vintage was the 2nd Barbarossa we made together.' – Adi Badenhorst, Winemaker

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Country

ZA

Region

Western Cape

Style

Red

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