5 Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Quintessential new-wave Swartland blend of Shiraz (56%), grenache, cinsaut, tinta in 18 ***** (95 pts), much like 17 (93 pts). Foot-trodden whole bunches, on skins 6 months in concrete. Subtly perfumed, with layers of bright aroma & real purity persisting to poised palate. Both rich & almost austere in its restraint, powerful & light, succulent & dry. A fine bargain for the ages.
The 2018 AA Badenhorst is the 13th release of this appellation wine. This vintage will be quite reserved in its youth but expect it to mature very well and evolve into its potential. The tannins are prominent, well-integrated and refreshing. The aromas are brooding but with complex notes of pepper, liquorice, perfume, and black cherries.The palate entry is quite dense with lavender and dark berry fruit. The finish is dry with well spread tannins ending with savory and blackcurrant flavors.