(2019) Beautiful nose, less dominated by the oak than the 2013 Legado, and of course with 10 years under its belt. Beautiful lift and floral edges, some ash and coffee comes through, that signature freshness again, that bittersweet cocoa and dark cherry edge of tart acidity, this is long - very long - and has such layered savoury qualities, vast intensity and such freshness. 50% Touriga Franca, 30% Touriga Nacional, 10% Tinta Roriz and 10% Tinto Cão.
(2019) Just a touch musty at first, the aromatics a little suppressed, but with some agitation it begins to open and show the aromatics, those floral edges to meat-stock and figgy aromas, in the mouth lovely creaminess to the tannins, another lovely wine, though perhaps the 2008 showing a little better on the day.
(2019) A small percentage of this was matured in amphora, almost all Alicante Bouschet with a little Syrah. Beautifully pure nose, pepper and hints of flowers, also a mocha note in the background, with a little sizzle of bacon fat. Freshness with fleshy plum and pepper-spiced, fat cherry fruit. Lovely endive bite of bitterness and cocoa to the long, pure, very fine tannin finish.
(2019) From the slopes of the Helderberg mountain, only 650 cases were produced. Barrel fermentation lasted 42 days, then the wine was matured for 18 months in French oak barriques, 30% new. Natural yeast and minimal sulphur. Not at all dominated by the wood, a fragrant, lightly nutty character only, the palate very pure, the oak so refined, with a juiciness, a bright lemon jelly freshness, lovely, finesse and creaminess in the mouth. Stockist and price at time of writing are for the 2015 vintage.
(2019) From a single vineyard in the Kasteelberg on pure quartz soils. The vines average 36 years old. Lovely note of pure apple, a little baked apple and pastry, a touch of candy cane that is charming and also a touch of leafiness. The palate has lots of fruit, but a sparky, lightly flinty but bright fruit character, very focused, very good fruit-skin acidity, long with a mineral/stony and bright lemon and orange finish.
(2019) Feels slightly broader on the nose, creamier, a touch more smokiness than the Quartz. The fruit bursts with ripe, nectarine and lightly flinty and smoky notes again. The fruit has a terrific sour apple and lemon acid tartness and precision, it has those mouth-watering, bitter notes that scythe through the burgeoning opulence of the fruit. Mouth-filing and delicious, with a hugely long finish. From 20- 30-year-old vine, this spent 11 months in neutral 500-litre French oak.
(2019) Fabulous peppery nose, so much floral and wild garrigue character, lots of red plum. The palate has silky sweet fruit at its core, but flooded with basil and bay leaf, meatiness and again that peppery spice. The fruit stays focused and linear at its heart, the taut acid framework and the big, powerful dry tannins give this immense pleasure and a suggestion of great age ability. Aged 12 months in 500-litre French, 25% new, then nine months in foudre.
(2019) This is botrytis-affected Semillon, aged in barrel, with 180g/l of residual sugar. It spends 30 months in new French oak and is picked from the vineyard in front of the Franschhoek winery. Lovely toast and marmalade, there is toffee and barley sugar, a hint of mint, the fruit has an exotic fruitiness, with pineapple and bold tangerine juicy acidity, full texture and delicious length. Price for a half bottle.
(2019) Just a touch of reduction that blows off really quickly, smooth and elegant, filled wth glossy and bright red fruit, but just that edge of leafiness or earthiness. Sweet, ripe, again a cherry freshness, but a darker core that gives the concentration on the mid-palate and again typical Badenhorst dryness and lithe energy to the finish. Great value at its modest price.
(2019) Syrah is foot-trodden as whole bunches, and spends 11 months in old barrels. very composed, rounded character, with a touch of cool-climate herbaceousness, a touch of meatiness, the palate streaking with firm acidity and the rustic bite of the tannins; not rough, but grippy and tart like plum skins. Long and well balanced, a substantial yet elegant wine. Only 900 bottles made.