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A A Badenhorst Family White 2009

Country: South africa
Region: Coastal region
Type: White
Producer: Badenhorst
Grape: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2009
Body: Full bodied
Alcohol: 14.5%
Sweetness: Dry

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AA Badenhorst White Blend, a masterly blend of more than white 10 varieties, is one of Adi's most revered wines. Many of you will know what a showstopper it is. But far fewer will have had the opportunity to find out how this wine looks after several years of bottle age. So, here's your chance. The 2009 contains relatively high proportions of chenin blanc, roussanne, grenache blanc and viognier - giving luxurious fatness and lovely complex, rich flavours and aromatics which have, over the intervening eight years, undergone a sort of glorious decay which has turned them into something you are unlikely to find in any other South African white wine, a wine more akin to a fine, mature white Chateauneuf-du-Pape than anything else I can think of. This is a wine to sit back with and reflect on at a time of extended leisure, a meditation wine from a vintage only surpassed in recent years by 2015. Give this masterly blend time in the glass - and give it your full attention.

Tasting Notes

A blend of 29% Chenin Blanc, 23% Roussanne, 11% Viognier, 11% Chardonnay, 10% Grenache Blanc, 5% Colombard, 5% Grenache Gris, 2% Semillon, 2% Verdelho and 2% Clairette Blanche. There are two kinds of people in the world. The first kind will say "Wow! That sounds exciting!". The second kind will count up all the percentages and make sure they add up to 100%. Which are you? If you find you are now reading this with a calculator in your hand, then this is probably not the wine for you. If you are licking your lips at the prospect of such an exciting cocktail of varieties, then this wine should be right up your street. To make a tuneful melody from so many disparate elements takes a clever conductor and Adi Badenhorst has his orchestra playing in wonderful harmony. Cool, undertated peach and nectarine vie with lively citrus and sour honey flavours in this full-bodied, intriguing, complex wine that will age beautifully for another 5-6 years.

Press Note:

The Wine Advocate (Neal Martin): "Bottled in January, the 2009 Family White Blend is a blend of around ten white varieties that Adi tried his best to remember. We got as far as Chenin Blanc, Grenache Gris, Palomino, Clairette and Semillon, but we might have been there all day. The striking thing about the nose is the definition, for the 2009 shows greater precision than the 2008, whilst the Palomino does indeed impart a sherry-like tincture. The palate is supremely well balanced and demonstrates greater tension and vibrancy than the 2008, as if the grapes are working together, moving in the same direction. It is very focused on the finish and should age beautifully. Drink now-2016+. " Adi Badenhorst is a name to drop when it comes to the future of South African wine. Along with Eben Sadie, he has been at the forefront of putting Swartland on the map. On the surface he has a devil-may-care attitude but underneath is a gifted winemaker who now suffuses his wines with that all-important ingredient. Personality. His winery located in Paardeberg, might look a bit cobbled together, but the wines that he vinifies from his 28-hectares of bush vine are individual and uncompromising and delicious." 92 points Hamish Anderson in the Telegraph Food & Wine supplement: “The irreverent, impressively bearded Adi Badenhorst is one of the wild men of South African wine, yet his wines are some of the Cape’s most sophisticated. A blend of 10 varieties, this is a staggering wine and a notch up from the ’08 (which I loved) – there is apricot, honey, menthol, crushed herbs and a pure underlying core of acid. Decant before serving and buy a few extra bottles to watch it get better over the next few years.” The Wine "A complex, well structured blend of a beggar’s muddle of fruit! Chenin Blanc (29%), Roussanne (23%), Grenache Blanc (10%), Viognier (11%), Verdehlo (2%), Chardonnay (11%), Colombard (5%), Grenache Gris (5%), Semillon (2%), Clairette Blanche (2%). Spicy and textured with salt caramel and oyster shell to its muscular quince and stone fruits; bright and beautiful. Lovely length and vibrancy, with plenty of layer and interest."

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