I caught up with Adi Badenhorst at Intrepid last week. He’s got some new wines out. Two in particular really appealed to me: a flor-aged Sauvignon Blanc called John Strikes Again from Under a Veil of Good Fortune, and a stunning Chenin Blanc called Dassiekop Steen.
Here’s the interview:
And notes on the wines:
Badenhorst John Strikes Again From Under a Veil of Good Fortune NV Swartland, South Africa
This is a bit crazy but wonderful. It’s a Sauvignon Blanc aged under a layer of flor. Wonderfully aromatic with fresh, salty green apple, cheese and nut flavours. It’s quite saline with lively herb and cheese notes on the finish. A beautiful, delicious wine. 94/100
Badenhorst Dassiekop Steen 2015 Swartland, South Africa
A single-vineyard Chenin Blanc. Old vines. Floral, exotic and spicy with fresh apple and citrus on the nose with hints of tangerine. Powerful and textured on the palate with herbs, cheese and straw complexity as well as some anise notes. Powerful and complex, this should age beautifully. 96/100
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