We have fallen hard for the white wines out of South Africa. There has been a revolution in winemaking and a renaissance of old white grape varieties, often planted as field blends in warm to very warm regions.
The Badenhorst Family White is a glowing example of this new wave of South African wines. The grapes are from Swartland, Kalmoesfontain and Paardeberg, stitched together in a blend of Chenin Blanc, Rousanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Gris, Palomino, Verdelho, Viognier, Chardonnay and Clairette Blanche! Phew! Gently pressed, and fermented in old oak foudres (large casks) then aged for a couple of years in larger oak vats and cement tank. This is aromatic, textural, complex and most of all deeply drinkable.