Sk’windjiesvlei Tinta Barocca 2020
92 points, “Aromatics of dark berries, earth and spice while the palate is dense and yet high in acidity, the tannins grippy. Typically rustic but not short of flavour or interest.” – Winemag.co.za
This is an important vineyard to Badenhorst, partly because of its age and the quality of the wines it produces, but also because it has shown how well a grape variety more associated with Port can flourish in Swartland. Ever since Tim Atkin MW named it his red wine discovery of the year in his 2019 South African Report, this wine has been scooped up quickly by collectors and aficionados. Imagine Beaujolais meets Port on the dusty terroir of South Africa. Sadly, only 1,490 bottles were made of Sk’windjiesvlei Tinta Barocca 2020, so if you want one, you’re going to need to be quick.
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.
£5.6 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3736796
Style No.: 885465
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