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AA Badenhorst – Family 2015s

While Swartland’s winemakers are not actual members of a cult, they do fervently profess to abide by a common ethos: to sustainably produce transparent, terroir-driven wines with natural ferments and indigenous yeast.’ – Lauren Mowery, Chasing the Vine blog

No other winemaker captures this ethos more eccentrically than Adi Badenhorst, the last of the illustrious Swartland revolutionaries to release his 2015s. AA Badenhorst Family Wines has always defined the pioneering, almost Wild West-like spirit, of the Swartland. Often irreverent in his approach, eschewing technology for tradition, Adi brings a philosophy to the table not just a boring drink.

Sourced from various small parcels on Kalmoesfontein and its neighbouring farms, where the ‘grapes taste good’, the AA Badenhorst Family Red 2015 is a blend of Shiraz, Cinsaut, Tinta Barocca and Grenache. It has a vibrant, earthy sense of personality that perfectly captures the Swartland outcrops. Firm with dry, chiselled tannins, it remains bright and lively with attractive, delineated red fruit. Being both delicious and serious at the same time, it walks the tightrope between fun and gravitas with aplomb.


Badenhorst Family Red 2015


The AA Badenhorst Family White 2015, a 10-way blend led by Chenin Blanc, is a textured wine with exuberant fruit and an impressively sophisticated palate. Like the 2015 Family Red, it’s filled with personality and is a joy to engage with.

We also have a limited parcel of Adi’s CWG Chase The Spice Swartland Shiraz 2014. ‘It’s not a pretty wine,’ Adi says in this video, but a pure Swartland Shiraz with unadulterated soul. It is taut and bright with an intriguing tension that reverberates through it to the end.

Kalmoesfontein is home to SA’s oldest Grenache vineyards. Should you be interested in any of Adi’s single vineyard bottlings, please email James@winecellar.co.za.


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