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Geelkapel Muscat de Frontignan

AA Badenhorst, Geelkapel Muscat de Frontignan 2017

R465

14 in stock

Notes

'His manner is so relaxed he might as well be lying down,’ writes Neal Martin, describing Adi after his recent visit to Kalmoesfontein – the home of AA Badenhorst Family Wines. But don’t be fooled by Adi’s playful and coy demeanour. After a decade of farming 41 hectares of old vines, with the oldest planted in 1952, his tiny-production 2017 single vineyards are simply incredible.

How does he decide which vineyards to bottle separately? ‘These special parcels are rated 3 on the ‘golden tears’ scale,’ says Adi, referring to the tears these precious old vines make him and his team shed when entering the vineyard.

The Geelkapel, Adi’s single-vineyard Muscat de Frontignan, which is fermented on the skins for 10 days, is his special take on a Vin Jaune. Along with the incredible Sk'windjiesvlei Tinta Barocca and Raaigras Grenache, which were unveiled earlier this year at Young Guns™ – At Heart, Adi’s set of 2017s are some of the finest wines the Swartland can offer.

Tasting notes:
'Adi Badenhorst says this comes from what he reckons is the oldest Muscat block in the Swartland, planted in 1982. The result spends a week on skins, but isn’t overly bitter or tannic. Perfumed and yeasty, it has subtle marmalade notes and supporting freshness and acidity. 2019-25' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 93/100

'The 2017 Geelkapel Muscat de Frontignan comes from a single vineyard and is fermented on the skins for 10 days and finished in cask. It has a distinctive bouquet of lychee, orange zest, chamomile and, of course, a touch of Muscat. The palate is medium-bodied with a waxy texture, and a fine bead of acidity cuts through the waxy-textured yellow fruit, sour lemon, grapefruit and lemongrass. Not incredibly long, but very well defined and fresh. Drink now and over the next six to eight years.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 89/100

'His manner is so relaxed he might as well be lying down,’ writes Neal Martin, describing Adi after his recent visit to Kalmoesfontein – the home of AA Badenhorst Family Wines. But don’t be fooled by Adi’s playful and coy demeanour. After a decade of farming 41 hectares of old vines, with the oldest planted in 1952, his tiny-production 2017 single vineyards are simply incredible.

How does he decide which vineyards to bottle separately? ‘These special parcels are rated 3 on the ‘golden tears’ scale,’ says Adi, referring to the tears these precious old vines make him and his team shed when entering the vineyard.

The Geelkapel, Adi’s single-vineyard Muscat de Frontignan, which is fermented on the skins for 10 days, is his special take on a Vin Jaune. Along with the incredible Sk'windjiesvlei Tinta Barocca and Raaigras Grenache, which were unveiled earlier this year at Young Guns™ – At Heart, Adi’s set of 2017s are some of the finest wines the Swartland can offer.

Tasting notes:
'Adi Badenhorst says this comes from what he reckons is the oldest Muscat block in the Swartland, planted in 1982. The result spends a week on skins, but isn’t overly bitter or tannic. Perfumed and yeasty, it has subtle marmalade notes and supporting freshness and acidity. 2019-25' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 93/100

'The 2017 Geelkapel Muscat de Frontignan comes from a single vineyard and is fermented on the skins for 10 days and finished in cask. It has a distinctive bouquet of lychee, orange zest, chamomile and, of course, a touch of Muscat. The palate is medium-bodied with a waxy texture, and a fine bead of acidity cuts through the waxy-textured yellow fruit, sour lemon, grapefruit and lemongrass. Not incredibly long, but very well defined and fresh. Drink now and over the next six to eight years.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 89/100

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Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

White

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