The style is very similar to what they produce in Jura, France. There it is called Vin Jaune or yellow wine because of the colour. It could remind you of a sherry but it is not fortified with alcohol spirit. The aromas are dominated by flor, nutty notes of roasted almonds and marzipan, with subtle citrus undertones and marmalade. On the palate you should find amazing freshness, limey notes; some saltiness and almost tarry flavours. The flavours are refreshing, dry, clean and the wine has tremendous length and texture.It’s a wonderful wine to go with food – soups, cheeses, seafood dishes with strong flavours and anything with wild mushrooms.
In the cellar
This is a kind of a solera system wine. What this means is that each year we only bottle 500 or so litres and top up what we have drawn from the casks with wine from the previous year. Picture a pyramid of casks – with the new wine on top and the oldest wine at the bottom. The bottom casks have had wine from 5 different vintages blended into it and this is what we bottle. The new wine is fermented in old casks using natural yeasts and left in cask without topping and left to oxidise and develop a flor growth on the surface of the wine.
|John Platter Ratings||4 stars|
|Winery / Producer||AA Badenhorst Family Wines|
|Maturity||Ready, but will keep|
|Grape Variety||White Blend|
|Bottle Size||Half Bottle 37.5cl|