Badenhorst Ringmuur Cinsault 2019

Type: Red
Country: South Africa
Region: Swartland
Grape Variety: 100% Cinsault
Viticulture: Natural Wine | Biodynamic | Certified Organic

Climate: Warm and dry summers, cool and damp winters
Terroir: The vineyard was planted in mid-1963 on decomposed granite soils surrounded on two sides by an old farm ring wall. Tiny and completely different from our other Cinsault vineyards. The total yield is 950kg of wonderful grapes
Winemaking: The grapes are sorted meticulously in the vineyard and transported in small picking boxes to a refrigerated container where they are left overnight to cool. The whole bunches undergo carbonic fermentation in a small, sealed tank. After 20 days of fermentation, all the wine is transferred to a 600L vat. This wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined, directly off its gross lees after 11 months in cask

Color: Vibrant red
Nose: Lifted and pure aromas, typical of the carbonic style. Tannic grip with a wonderful fruit concentration on the palate
Palate: Tannic grip with a wonderful fruit concentration on the palate

About the Winery:
From three generations of winemaking stock, Adi Badenhorst was destined to be the best. Time in the Rhône, New Zealand and as a winemaker at Rustenberg polished his talent before he (along with his cousin) brought his humble vineyard in the Paardeberg complete with gnarled vines and a run-down winery. He is now one of the leading players in ‘The Swartland Revolution’, a group of pioneering young winemakers, including Eben Sadie, Chris Mullineux and Marc Kent, making wines from the amazing raw materials that are part of the Swartland’s grape-growing legacy – a legacy that dates back centuries.

There are few young winemakers in South Africa that haven’t benefitted from his mentorship. This furry-faced whirlwind can be such a big personality – one of those ‘force of nature’ types – that people forget just how brilliant a winemaker he actually is.

The winery is located on a mountain range which is a granite outcrop. Three distinctive types of granitic soil are found on this property—Paardeberg, Lammershoek and Lemoenfontein granites. The soils are extremely old and considered by many to be “low potential” as vine growth is not as luxuriant as in other areas. Yields are generally quite low, averaging 3–4 tons/ha for Chenin Blanc. No irrigation is used as the soils have the potential to store a good amount of water which slowly releases during the growing season. Rainfall is around 480mm a year, falling mainly in the winter months of May–August/September. Winters tend to be cold and wet, and leaf fall is quite sudden with the onset of Winter. Otherwise, the weather is pretty much Mediterranean.