AA Badenhorst, Geelkapel Muscat de Frontignan 750ml 2017

South Africa, Swartland
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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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Bottle Size 750ml
Style White
Country South Africa
Rating TA 93
Drink To Drink or cellar
Price R550.00
Producer AA Badenhorst
Region Swartland
Variety Muscat d'Alexandrie
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