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In the Guardian this weekend Fiona Beckett recommended the Tesco’s “Finest Swartland Shiraz” made by Adi, as a wine that has “financial advantage to stocking up. If you can nab something at a good price you can buy some to drink and some to keep.”

Read the article on What’s worth keeping? And what’s best drunk without delay? by clicking here.

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Another Wine of The Week feather in our hat from The Guardian.

David Williams reviews our Tesco Finest Chenin Blanc:

Tesco Finest Swartland Chenin Blanc, 2011 (£6.99, TescoSouth Africa’s Swartland region is one of the trendiest spots in the wine world and winemaker Adi Badenhorst is one of its leading lights. Tesco is therefore on trend with this budget Badenhorst addition to its wide-ranging Finest stable, a powerful white that, while not quite as intense as the pricier Secateurs Chenin I reviewed a few weeks back, is nonetheless full of tarte-tatin flavour and crackles with electric acidity.

Pairing with our whites…

Rose Prince prepares a delicious ‘Braised salt beef with horseradish dumplings and salt pork in clear broth’ for The Telegraph Magazine and Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer for Tate, Hamish Anderson pairs it with our 2008 AA Badenhorst Family White.

He notes:  
“There is an argument that in times of diet and detox we should drink less, but better. The trouble comes when you open the bottle and find it hard to have only one glass. This blend of varieties has weight, spice and dried herbs (ideal for the dumplings), but above all it is a wine of texture and interest that demands your attention.”

Get the recipe for this meal on the Telegraph website.


One of Only three…

Our amazing friend Sam Woulidge proudly tweeted to let us know that our 2006 AA Badenhorst Family Wine Red Blend is one of only three South African red wines on the wine list at The Fat Duck in Berkshire in the South East of England. 

The other two is the 2005 Thelema Reserve, Merlot, and a 1991 Trilogy by Warwick Estate.

Our 2009 Secateurs Chenin Blanc is also on the white wine list (along with Steenberg‘s 2008 Semillon and Waterkloof’s 2009 Semillon).

You can have a look at the impressive wine list here.