2015 Badenhorst The Curator White Wine
A.A. BADENHORST FAMILY The Curator White Swartland 2015
A lush, forward, fruit-driven wine that lets creamed peach, pineapple and yellow apple fruit flavors play out, backed by a lightly buttered finish. A fun wine, if a little obvious in style. Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier. Drink now. 5,000 cases made.
by James Molesworth, Dec 15, 2016
A A Badenhorst, The Curator 2015 Swartland
70% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay, 10% Viognier. RS 3.3 g/l, pH 3.51, TA 5.8 g/l.
Very pretty nose of pâtisserie and pear skin. Cardamom spice scattered over a middle of peaches and cream. It's a very nice Chenin Blanc indeed, just without the Badenhorst edge and soul, as if made for a market.
Rated 15.5/20 - Drink 2016 to 2017
by Tamlyn Curin, 8 Sep 2016
--Jancis Robinson - www.JancisRobinson.com
Adi Badenhorst has the unique ability to fashion spectacular wines at all levels of the price spectrum. Adi could see tremendous potential in the under $10 category. ‘There is so much high-quality fruit in the Swartland that ends up unrecognizable in Bag-in Box blends, I felt that by adding a little more care in the vinification of these grapes while maintaining the cost efficiency in the production… that we can produce wines that are sure to turn a few heads for a very reasonable sum of money.’ And so, together with Broadbent Selections, The Curator project was born.
Known for having impeccable taste and style, ‘The Curator’ was assembled as a unique blend from the fantastic library of wine parcels at Adi’s disposal. These parcels each possess distinct and complex character, which translates into the wine.
The CURATOR is a range of dynamic wines that I select after the vintage each year. They are great to drink, they give drinking pleasure, are easy to open (another bonus) and to share!
The grapes are grown in the Swartland region which hugs the wild West Coast of Southern Africa. The vineyards are mostly bushvines growing in granite and slate soils, and sourced from a number of traditional farmers. The Chenin Blanc grape makes up the largest portion of this blend because it is the backbone and structure of this particular wine. The Chardonnay was naturally fermented and took very long to complete the fermentation – resulting in great texture and wacky aromas of dried peaches and apricots and ripe citrus. The Viognier, from one of my favourite growers and vineyards, just completes the Swartland canvas; some spice and palate length is what it brings.
Simple and straightforward is how we like to keep it! Grapes are picked by hand, chilled overnight and then pressed to settling tanks overnight. The following day the juice is drawn off into fermentation tanks for fermentation. We don’t really worry too much about hectic temperature control – we concentrate on keeping the cellar beer cold, and let the wine run its course. Six months after fermentation when things have calmed down, we make up the blend after a series of intense tastings and dinners with the blend options. The blend that is drunk first at one of these occasions is the one we go for because our experience has told us that this is always the best option!
GRAPES: 60% Chenin Blanc, 31% Chardonnay, and 9% Viognier
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