Sout van die Aarde Palomino 2019
When Sout van die Aarde Palomino was first made, there were rumours that this dry, white wine was a one-off, never to be repeated. We’re so glad that Adi has decided to continue making it. This new vintage was awarded 96 points by Master of Wine, Tim Atkin. Cult status is sure to follow…
The name means ‘Salt of the Earth’, which probably has two origins. Firstly, Palomino is the grape famously used in Spain to make the salty Sherry, Manzanilla. And secondly, the old vines in this part of South Africa are lashed by salty coastal winds and mists blowing off the ocean. This crisp white wine whips across the tongue with the freshness of a sea breeze, bringing sorbet-like pear, citrus, green apple, orchard blossom and a pinch of sea salt, which adds a lovely texture to the finish. Consider pairing with salty nibbles as an aperitif or alongside fresh seafood, sushi or tapas.
Adi Badenhorst is one of South Africa’s most exciting, hirsute and funny winemakers and has been a pivotal player in the ‘Swartland Revolution’, which has propelled this once neglected grape-growing region into the limelight. After honing his skills in the Rhône Valley (which plays a huge influence in his wines), New Zealand and at Rustenberg, he bought a rundown winery and a clutch of gnarled vines and went it alone. Adopting a dynamic and experimental approach, the wines of Badenhorst are made using old-vine fruit from long established vineyards and vinified using traditional and non-interventionist methods. Adi jokes that the most expensive piece of kit in his winery is the coffee machine. His wines are all vegan friendly.
£5.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3322966
Style No.: 840572
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