We firmly believe that Adi Badenhorst is the most exciting winemaker in South Africa. He is also the most frustrating. His laid back, self-deprecating, playful manner keeps you guessing and makes you wonder whether he has any idea what he is actually doing, whether he just chucks some grapes into a vat and hopes for the best, but we know full well that there is a huge amount of expertise that goes on behind closed doors, when no one is around to witness his skill and diligence ...and spoil his reputation! Part of his charm is his teasing rhetoric, his wide-eyed puzzlement at any form of investigation and his answering of a question with a question. After a few days in his company, however, you begin to realise that the important thing isn't the hows and the whys, but the simple pleasure of the wine in the glass. Damn! He's like one of those eastern gurus who lets you see that the answer was in front of you all the time, you only had to change your focus to see it.
Simply put, we would prefer to drink this than 95% of the Chateauneuf-du-Papes on the market. It's a bold, rich, spicy, beefy South African interpretation of a classic Rhone blend and evokes sunny Mediterranean flavours of hillside herbs, black olives, smoked ham and peppery spices amidst a wealth of deep, mouth-filling fruit. The harmony between the savoury flavours and the succulent fruit is seriously appealing and you find yourself craving the next sip before you've even finished the one in your mouth.
About this Wine
The 2015 represents a milestone for this wine - the 10th vintage Adi has made - and probably the best so far. You can overlook the Family Red in its youth but Adi's Family Red ages really well. It takes time to open up. So decant it and be patient.
FROM THE PRESS
“The family red doesn’t contain as many varieties as the white, but it’s still an intriguing quartet of mostly Shiraz with Grenache, Cinsaut and Tinta Barocca, combining grip with texture, perfume with savoury, sappy, summer pudding fruit flavours.”Tim Atkin report, 2017 93/100
“The syrah-based, all whole-bunch-pressed Family Red 2015 is still notably tight and youthful; bright red fruit, sweet primary fruit aromas but delicate. My note says: “Lovely lovely structure, great acidity. Such finesse. Perfect balance but still tight. Serious tannic structure. Good future, will gain flesh. Has ripeness.”Tim James, Grape.co.za. 93 points
“ This Shiraz-based blend, with 21% Cinsault and 8% Grenache, offers earthy notes of fresh mint, white pepper and herbal fynbos, all spicing up the red cherry and raspberry fruit core. A delicate whiff of sweet smoke is seductive, while the palate offers more earthy notes of tilled earth and currant leaf that carry through to the finish. Fine but structured tannins lend a velvety texture. *Editors' Choice*”Wineenthusiast.com