Badenhorst Red Blend 2007
Red Blends from South Africa
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The wine has the potential to age very gracefully for the next decade or so. The aromas are brooding 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 currant flavors.
"A blend of 70% Shiraz (not 80% as stated on the label) with 10% Mourvedre, 7% Cinsault and 3% Grenache, the sublime 2007 Family Red Blend has a very natural, beautifully defined bouquet of dark berries, a dash of white pepper and garrigue that you would swear comes from some rocky outcrop in the Rhone. The palate has really coalesced since I tasted the 2007 in its youth: very fine tannins, wonderful balance and freshness with great tension. There are dark berries, tertiary notes, white pepper, fennel and a slight salty tang on the mid-palate that leads to a very focused finish. It will age over 8-10 years with ease. Drink now-2020.
The Wine Advocate
"A broad, mouthfilling style, featuring a juicy core of fig, blackberry and melted licorice notes, backed by fresh acidity and a bright floral hint. White pepper and sanguine notes chime in on the polished, lengthy finish. Shows excellent range; should flesh out with cellaring. Shiraz, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Grenache."
"Bright, deep red-ruby. Enticing aromas of blackberry, raspberry, pepper, black olive and game. Supple, lush and broad but with a light touch and a restrained sweetness to the flavors of raspberry and smoke. Fine-grained, classically dry wine with lovely tension and subtle spice character. Spreads out nicely on the supple back end. A bit Cote-Rotie-like."
International Wine Cellar
Learn About Badenhorst
AA Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland appellation of South Africa. The 28 hectares of old bushvines grow in the Siebritskloof part of the Paardeberg mountain.
The property is owned by the dynamic and good-looking cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst. They are originally from Constantia. Their grandfather was the farm manager of...
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Learn About South Africa
A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on
the quality aspect.
At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the
biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...
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