Adi Badenhorst is showing himself to be an ingenious winemaker, and a by-the-bootstraps winery owner. His vineyards in Paardesberg in Swartland, South Africa are reclaimed from a defunct 1930’s winery. His winery is serviceable but nothing fancy. He doesn’t irrigate or spray his 28 hectares of 40+ year old vines. I’m not even sure if he owns any farm equipment except for a truck and some bins.
This wine is a Rhone style blend, with about three quarters Syrah. The rest is varying amounts of Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvedre. After fermentation in cement tanks, it is aged in older French barrels for over a year.
Smoke and wet earth on the nose, with an impression of black cherry and fig. Medium bodied, with fresh dark fruit and baking spices on the palate. Dried fruit on the finish, with a bit of tobacco smoke and sweet basil. Very nice. Try with Carolina-style BBQ and dry-rubbed pork chops.