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, Tesco) South 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.
When you think about celebrating Valentine’s Day you probably conjure up pictures of pretty couples eating dinner by candlelight. Maybe you envision tacky window displays of hearts and bouquets of red roses or cuddly toys and boxes of chocolates…
We head over to Melissa’s Food Shop on Kloof Street and did it a little different this year. Keeping in mind that 2012 is a leap year, we catered for the men and took care of South Africans’ biggest love affairs: braai, wine and humour.
Infamous Afrikaans Rap artist Jack Parow tanned a few lamb chops on the braai, deliciously marinated in his own Parow Braai Sauce. Food from the Karoo meats, available at all Melissa’s Food Shops, is the real deal – no preservatives, no additives, in fact no human interference at all. Just lamb, as nature intended it to be.
Together Adi and Jack were the Hairy Beasts, a theme inspired by the quirky gingerbread person range Melissa’s got into store for the month of love. Adi poured guests some of our fine wines, also on sale at Melissa’s (Kloof Street and Stellenbosch stores only) from the entry level ‘value for money’ Secateurs to the ‘spoil your wife’ premium range – the Badenhorst Family Wines.
Parow Sauce and Secateurs – the love affair of the day!
Kids at Jan v Riebeek High School across the road, screaming for Jack’s attention!
We here on Kalmoesfontein have decided to take a step in the direction of being even more exclusive. Starting next week – Adi will make some of his small quantity, experimental wines available for sale to our database of subscribers only.
The first offer is the Badenhorst Family Wine NV, also known as The Funky White.
It is primarily a blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier (accounting for around 80% of the wine) with the rest being made up of a blend of eight other varieties! They wine is kept under a Solera system which has been running since 2007.
Only 650 bottles of this wine will be bottled every year and this year’s batch will be sold exclusively to our mailing list. The wine is not for sale in retail outlets and only a few selected restaurants have it on their wine list.
The offer is limited to 6 bottles per person on a first come first served basis. It is only open to people living in South Africa and will be delivered upon proof of payment. To stand in line, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Praise for the ‘Wine’ includes this:
What is important is that it is a wine got that my wahoo flowing, it made me smile, it made me quickly pour another glass, and best of all (this for me is a really important aspect of wine) it made me want another bottle. Quickly.
The ‘Wine’ from Badenhorst has a lovely aroma of tropical fruit, particularly showing off gorgeous notes of passion-fruit and kiwi, these are backed up by almonds and sweet spice. The palate is intense with an elegant body and lovely firm acidity, the complex assortment of flavours includes hay, spice, nuts and peach. The finish is long, silky and very creamy.
The AA Badenhorst NV ‘Funky White’ is an artisanal wine with a flor-like quality
So make sure you get on our mailing list (email email@example.com) to make use of this and other amazing exclusive offers. Offer will go out early next week!
Our NV wine, simply labelled “Wine” is Alex Redfern’s wine of the week. I love it when a plan comes together.
He writes: “whilst I recommend trying all of the wines, the NV Solera is the most interesting!”
Read the whole post on the site http://www.alexredfern.com/index.php/wine-of-the-week
A few bits of news from our side as we get ready to relax on Easter Weekend.
Adi extended his visit to the US by a few days when he was made an “offer-you-cant-refuse”. He spent the last few days in billionaire Sean Parker‘s mansion in Palm Spring, serving our wines to some of Hollywood’s biggest names. (we will keep the details to ourselves, this is not People magazine, and we value our clients’ privacy…)
The rest of us had a (slightly) less exciting week, but non the less, here are some details:
Also, while Adi is “entertaining” in the USA Jasper conducted an early morning tasting in the cellar (coffee first!) with www.wine.co.za‘s Dusan Jelic. This was part of Dusan’s Swartland Revolution Roadtrip and the stories will be published on wine.coza this weekend.
And last, but most definitely not least, we got some mention by James Molesworth in the May issue of Wine Spectator. James spoke to Adi about importing to the USA, quite apt when you consider this week’s activities…
And that is all the news from us.
Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and blessed Easter Weekend.
Drive safely and enjoy the time off!