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Scruffy-faced and ponytailed, Adi Badenhorst is one of the wine world's great characters. Formerly the winemaker at the renowned Stellenbosch estate Rustenberg, he comes from a family with a distinguished wine pedigree: his grandfather was the general manager at Groot Constantia for 46 years. In 2008 together with his cousin Hein he purchased a 60 acre farm which was in the middle of nowhere and had been abandoned since the 1930's. The idea was to make natural wines in the traditional manner,...
- 91 Points -
(13.5%; a blend of numerous varieties, including about one-third Chenin Blanc, plus Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Gris, Clairette, old-vine Chardonnay, Viognier, Colombard, Palomino, Semillon and Verdelho; fermented in old foudres, then aged in concrete for a year and bottled at 18 months): Cool aromas and flavors of white plum, currant, red cherry and menthol. A rather plush white wine but lovely minerality and an element of fresh herbs gives grip to the middle palate and aftertaste. Finishes with flavor-rich phenolics that do not come from wood. Serve this blend with salmon or sushi.See detailed press review