2014 Badenhorst White Blend
A.A. BADENHORST White Blend 2014
Each year this interesting white blend from A.A. Badenhorst varies slightly, in this vintage it is composed of 31% Chenin Blanc, 17% Grenache Blanc, 14% Roussanne, 12% Verdehlo, 8% Clairette Blanche, 7% Viognier, 6% Semillon 3% Marsanne and 2% Palomino which were sourced from small parcels of selected fruit from various vineyards in Kalmoesfontein, the Swartland area and the greater Paardeberg Mountain. Winemaker Adi Badenhorst strategically selects some fruit earlier to give the wine some acidity and some later to add ripeness. As this begins to open it releases exotic aromas of lemon oil, Bosc pear and peach notes woven together with white floral, fresh almond, nectarine zest, honeysuckle, dried spices and dusty minerals all coming together beautifully. On the palate this demonstrates remarkable overall balance and focus with a striking round texture, which is supported by a lovely touch of underlying acidity. Today, this is showing incredibly well, and I expect it to continue to do so over the next few years. (Best 2016-2022) - November, 2016 (JD)
--International Wine Report
A.A. BADENHORST FAMILY Coastal Region White 2014
White peach, yellow apple, heather and verbena notes are still tightly coiled at the core, while makrut lime and racy chamomile hints streak through the finish. This has purity and depth, and should unwind well in the cellar. Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Verdelho, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Sémillon, Marsanne and Palomino. Best from 2018 through 2022. 500 cases made.
by James Molesworth, Feb 28 2017
2014 A A Badenhorst Family Wines • Family White Blend
The 2014 Family White Blend is a blend of 30% Chenin Blanc, 17% Grenache Gris, 14% Roussanne, 12% Verdelho, 8% Clairette, 7% Viognier, 6% Semillon, 3% Marsanne and 2% Palomino (there's no mention of Adi's kitchen sink). It has a generous bouquet with scents of white chocolate and cinammon infusing the slightly honeyed fruit that flirts but does not cross over into blousy-ness. The palate is well balanced with a slightly nutty, saline entry. There is an appealing oxidative element here, perhaps originating from the Palomino, although I feel it just loses focus towards the finish that needs to be more controlled. I would intrigued to re-taste this after a year in bottle, but I'd hedge my bets that the 2015 will be better.
Drink Date: 2016 - 2024
by Neal Martin, 29 Nov 2015
--The Wine Advocate
The final makeup of the blend varies slightly each year. This is because of the vagaries of the vintage. We feel that Chenin Blanc is best suited to be the heart of the blend. The aromas are very complex and change considerably in the glass. Perfume, spice, tea, stone fruit and citrus blossoms are some of the notes that can be detected. In the mouth the texture and ripeness and gentle tannins result in a wine that has incredible length and complex flavor profile. The wine also has wonderful fruit volume characterized by stone fruit and mineral flavors. The finish is long and has slight phenolic edges supporting the fruit through the entire length of the wine.
VINEYARDS AND VINES:
Small parcels of selected fruit are sourced from various vineyards on our farm Kalmoesfontein, the Swartland area and the greater Paardeberg Mountain. A small percentage of the grapes are picked a bit earlier for some acidity, and the rest are picked at what we reckon is a good ripeness and flavor.
Cool grapes are whole bunch pressed; juice is transferred to very old casks for fermentation and maturation. Some of the juices are blended during this time.
1200L foudres and one 3000L foudre are used for the fermentation and maturation of 15 months. After this the wines are racked and blended together in a single concrete tank with all their unsulfured lees and left for another 6 to 8 months before bottling.
Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc , Viognier, Verdehlo, Chardonnay , Grenache Gris, Clairette Blanche and Palomino
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