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Badenhorst Red Shiraz-Mourvedre-Cinsault

Badenhorst Red Shiraz-Mourvedre-Cinsault Winery
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Badenhorst Family Wines
Coastal Region, South Africa
2006
Red
Shiraz/Mourvedre/Cinsault
£19.95

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Story

It’s an odd thing about blind tastings; they are about as independent as it’s possible to be. So after tasting more than 120 wines recently, we’re surprised to find we’re now listing three of AA Badenhorst’s beauties.

If you’ve tried our Everyday Indulgences cases, you’ll be familiar with the story: an award-winning winemaker from Rustenburg with generations of Cape soil under his fingernails is guided by a sizeable local bat population to a disused winery in the African bush. He discovers the 50-year-old vines are located above some superb granite & shale and ta-daaa! turns the grapes into awesome wine.

Taste

Adi and Hein’s blend of Shiraz, Mourvedre and Cinsault is the type of sophisticated wine that made our (previously) sceptical sommeliers reassess their ideas about South Africa. Jancis Robinson recently scored this 18/20, calling it 'a very serious, thoughtfully-made wine'. Our tasters talked of smoky cherries & ripe figs, saddle-leather, dark-treacle, even barbeque-sauce. If your ideas of Cape winemaking include overripe fruit & burnt rubber, think again.

Serve

Cool at 16° and leave at least 30 minutes to "open up".

Match

Get Serious! Roast suckling pig with Cajun rub might be a good place to start, or a leg of lamb braised in Fino sherry with caramelised red onions. Alternatively, order-in a Peking (or Szechuan) Duck with plum sauce and shredded spring onions – far quicker and no washing up.

Avoid

World-Cup tour companies offering bat-guided wine tours. Despite their world-class navigation skills, bats do not routinely guide travellers to wineries.

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Stunning; such confidence and complexity here….
Jancis Robinson MW
www.JancisRobinson.com