Raaigras Grenache 2017

BADENHORST FAMILY WINES

Raaigras Grenache
2017

Product code
818355
Format
6 x 750ml
Listing type
Open
Status
Available
Country
South Africa
Regulated designation
Wine of origin (WO)
Region
Western Cape
Subregion
Swartberg
Varietal(s)
Grenache 100 %
Color
Red
Sugar
Dry
Closure type
Metal screw cap
Availability
Winery's website

About this winery

Scruffy-faced and ponytailed, Adi Badenhorst is one of the wine world's great characters. Formerly the winemaker at the renowned Stellenbosch estate Rustenberg, he comes from a family with a distinguished wine pedigree: his grandfather was the general manager at Groot Constantia for 46 years. In 2008 together with his cousin Hein he purchased a 60 acre farm which was in the middle of nowhere and had been abandoned since the 1930's. The idea was to make natural wines in the traditional manner,...

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Notes about product

This vineyard was planted in 1952 on decomposed granite soils. The vineyard has South East exposition and is 0.86 ha in extent.

Winemaking notes

The grapes are sorted meticulously in the vineyard and transported in small picking boxes to a refrigerated container where the are left overnight to cool. The bunches are destemmed and fermented in an old foudre while being pumped over once daily. When fermentation is almost completed, the vat is pressed and the must is moved to 500L vats for 14 months. This wine was bottled directly off its gross lees immediately after MLF.

Tasting notes

They say this is the oldest Grenache vineyard in South Africa and its 12 long rows can be found on Kalmoesfontein farm. The vineyard has an energy and presence about it. The vines are magnificent and low bearing. The soils are beautifully reflected in the wine.

Press reviews

Tim Atkin MW

- 95 points -

September 2018

They say this is the oldest Grenache vineyard in South Africa and its 12 long rows can be found on Kalmoesfontein farm. The vineyard has an energy and presence about it. The vines are magnificent and low bearing. The soils are beautifully reflected in the wine.

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Decanter

- 94 points -

June 2019

Made from purportedly the oldest (64 years) Grenache vines in South Africa. Ethereal and complex aromas of summer, old books and a touch of leather. Surprisingly silky, with a little clove spice.

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