This is one of South Africa’s best Grenache reds. ‘Raaigras’ is a 12-row vine and is among the oldest Grenache vineyards in South Africa, planted in the early 1950s. Coming from old vines planted on Adi Badenhorst’s farm on the decomposed granite hills of the Paardeberg, Swartland. The vines are magnificent and low-bearing. The soils are beautifully reflected in the wine with grainy, grippy tannins.
AA BADENHORST RAAIGRAS GRENACHE BOTTLE 2020 (1 x 750ml)
TIM ATKINS 94/100
‘The varietal that can best communicate where it’s from is Grenache. It listens’. – Adi Badenhorst
This is a reserved, focused, dusty red with very little oak influence, understated grip and concentration, brooding minerality and plum and red cherry fruit.
Adi Badenhorst is a farmer first and foremost. In 2007 he bought a dilapidated old winery on the northern side of the Paardeberg Mountain in the Swartland. It was rough around the edges, but with magnificent old vineyards that just needed a bit of love. Since then he and his wife have worked tirelessly to breathe new life into the farm, and today it is one of the most interesting vineyard sites in the area.
Adi’s focus is on producing wines that are authentic celebrations of the Swartland and its unique growing conditions. His Family Red and White wines are deliberately designed to give the best expression of ‘place’, whilst his single-vineyard bottling’s hail from small parcels of old vines, each with their own terroir expression. He is also experimenting more with skin contact wines and has recently started producing an approachable orange Chenin/Semillon within his Saceuters range. To taste Adi’s wines is to taste the Swartland distilled into a glass. Remarkable and delicious.