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94 points Wine & Spirits: "Drought conditions followed by a cool harvest season produced a stunning version of Adi Badenhorst’s entry-level Chenin. He took an unusual approach in 2018, harvesting the fruit over the course of 12 days and adding each day’s fruit to the already-fermenting musts. All of it was whole-bunch pressed, and one-quarter was fermented in old casks, the rest in tanks. Left on its lees for seven months with occasional stirring, the final wine is as deep and rich in flavor as its yellow hue predicts: It moves from waxy apple flavors to...

90 points Wine Spectator: "Elegant, showing a gentle texture, with intense acidity giving energy to the flavors of yellow apple, lime and honeysuckle. Salty mineral elements emerge midpalate, leaving a savory aftertaste. *Smart Buy* (AZ)" (10/2019) K&L Notes: #65 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2019 This project is headed by Vincent Carême of Loire Valley fame. Inspired by the South African landscape (and perhaps also by his wife, Tania, who hails from the Cape region), he has decided to create this southern expression of Chenin Blanc.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 John X Merriman is the spiciest vintage to date according to Murray Barlow, due to the cooler growing season that did not go past 30 degrees Celsius during the season. Matured in 35% new oak for 20 months, that spice-box element does percolate through the red berry fruit on the nose, touches of bay leaf and melted tar emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin on the entry, a fine seam of acidity, grippy and quite assertive at first, but calmer towards the finish with that...

94 points Decanter: "Silky textured, with lovely inviting notes of grapefruits, wild flowers and sweet spices. Displays exceptional finesse and typicity. " (10/2019) Wine Spectator: "Lively, with green almond, honeysuckle and melon notes zipping through. (JM, Web-2019)" K&L Notes: Andrea Mullineux’s 2018 Kloof Street is a stunning example of exceptional South African Chenin, produced by one of South Africa’s best winemakers. Named Wine Enthusiast’s “Winemaker of the Year” in 2017, this American expat living in Swartland has been crafting stunning win...

94 points Wine Spectator: "A tightly wound but well-crafted example, this needs a little bit of air at the moment, but will be better after a few years of cellaring. Elegant, featuring notes of damson plum, black tea and lavender, with juicy acidity and firm, integrated tannins providing support. Shows balance, intensity and depth. (JM)" (05/2019) 93 points Vinous: "The 2016 Columella was matured for 12 months in 10% new oak and then 12 months in old foudres. There is something warm and comforting about the nose: blueberry, crushed violet, a touch of b...

90 points Wine Spectator: "Features juicy energy, with a mix of bitter cherry, blood orange and raspberry coulis flavors. Light tea and mineral notes score the finish. Drink now through 2019. (JM)" (08/2018) K&L Notes: Grapes for Kloof Street Swartland Rouge come from up to eight sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of the Swartland, from vines aged 12-40 years. The blend changes each vintage depending on the character that best displays the classic Swartland style. The grapes are 75% destemmed and 25% whole-cluster pressed, and then ...

94 points Vinous: "Copper-orange color. Knockout, endlessly complex perfume of orange blossom, cinnamon Red Hots, clove, ginger and mint. A silky, umami-like texture is utterly seamless and smooth. Hints of griotte cherry, orange zest, fynbos and tree bark are lifted by a strong spicy character. Wonderfully complex, moderately sweet and long, with a finishing note of bitter orange giving the finish a drier quality and great refreshment value. I bet you can't drink just one glass. In partnership with Danish mixologist Lars-Erik Schmidt, Adi Badenhorst rei...

92 points Decanter: "Syrah with 4% Carignan, 2% Grenache, 2% Cinsault, 1% Tinta Barroca and 1% Mourvèdre. Beautiful notes of sweet grilled herbs, barbecued and cured meat, fleshy, sappy black berry fruits and tapenade leading to a deliciously distinguished long finish. Real class for the money." (09/2019) Vinous: "The 2017 Kloof Street Swartland Rouge, matured for 12 months in used oak, includes a touch of Tinta Barocca. The bright cranberry and raspberry bouquet is slightly earthy. The palate is medium-bodied and a little more assertive than previous ...

93 points Vinous: "The 2016 Palladius comes from 17 different vineyards and was fermented in clay amphora and concrete egg and aged for first year, then racked and aged for additional year in old foudres prior to bottling. It has a well defined bouquet, quite neutral in style but blossoming with aeration to reveal hints of lanolin and melted candle wax. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, touches of curry leaf and spice and orange peel. A long tail on the finish of white pepper and sage completes this wonderful Palladius. (NM)" (08/2018) 93...

90 points Decanter: "This méthode cap classique (South African fizz made in the same way as Champagne) from SA stalwart Graham Beck has a lovely creamy red fruit and apple character, with a rich mousse and brioche finish. It has a vibrant raspberry acidity and a long finish. Great value. (JB)" (10/2017) Wine Spectator: "Peach, white cherry and bergamot notes mingle here, backed by a hint of watermelon rind on the lightly coarse finish. (JM, Web Only—2014)" James Suckling: "A fresh and fruity sparking wine with a light cherry and lemon character. Mediu...

92 points Vinous: "The 2015 Rubicon had been a source of contention prior to my visit, hailed by some respected commentators as one of the Cape’s greats and then almost pilloried in a contemporaneous blind tasting. It is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, each fermented separately before blending. It was matured for 18 months in 66% new oak and the remainder second-fill. So what do I make of the wine? It is clear in color with quite a deep core. The bouquet is refined and focused, offering attractive mi...

92 points Wine Spectator: "This flirts with intensity and grace, featuring electric acidity that fuels notes of pickled ginger, lemon and white peach before hints of cream, sea salt and cilantro flow in. Taut, but precise and complex, this will be gorgeous once the acidity fully integrates. (AZ)" (12/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Elegant, with white peach, heather and lemon verbena flavors at the core, framed by savory herbal details and salty notes. Stylistically precise and focused, this features a stunning structure that needs a bit more time, but there is no doubt that this will develop beautifully. (AZ)" (12/2019)

92 points James Suckling: "A blue-fruited and deliciously fresh syrah that shows blueberries, black peppers and Chinese spices. Medium-bodied, linear and refined with polished tannins and a succulent, violet-flavored finish. Screw cap. Drink or hold." (06/2018) 92 points Vinous: "The 2016 Syrah is 100% whole-bunch fruit, and I think this gives it the edge over the 2015. It has a very fresh, focused nose with more edginess than the previous vintage, offering touches of peppermint and dried herbs. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin - quite...

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A pale yellow color, this wine smells fresh, vibrant and inviting, with lively aromas of citrus, lemon-lime, yellow apple, green melon and a touch of mineral dust. Lightweight and well balanced, it has a bright acidic seam and fresh, zippy citrus and green apple tones, with hints of sea breeze and limestone minerality. Bright and sassy, this is well balanced and oh-so-easy to like and drink. *Editors' Choice* (LB)" (05/2019) Wine Spectator: "Open-knit, featuring yellow apple and cantaloupe notes, with a nice beam of acidity ...

95 points Wine Spectator: "Impressively graceful, moving confidently across the palate. The firm but well-integrated acidity links notes of blanched almond, white raspberry, clementine, elderflower and cardamom. Nearly seamless, but this should develop further and show even more in a few years. (AZ)" (12/2019)
Price: $119.99

94 points Wine Spectator: "Opulent, lush and creamy in feel, this lets lemon curd, glazed peach and creamed pear and yellow apple flavors drape over the palate, while light verbena, shortbread and honeysuckle notes give this lift and energy for balance. (JM)" (11/2017)

91 points Vinous: "The 2017 Old Vines White is a blend of 65% Chenin Blanc, 10% Viognier, 10% Clairette Blanche, 13% Grenache Blanc and 2% Sémillon Gris. This has a lighter bouquet than the previous vintage, featuring touches of honeysuckle and peach skin with white flowers tucked just behind. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity and quite tensile, showing a subtle white pepper and marmalade note toward the precise finish. Very fine, although I have a soft spot for the hedonism shown by the 2016. (NM)" (08/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This combines power and grace, with a smooth texture and plush tannins behind the notes of damson plum, mulberry, bay leaf and pepper. Bright acidity gives this precision and a lifted character midpalate. (AZ)" (12/2019)
Price: $129.99

2012 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Chenin Blanc Swartland
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Secateurs Chenin Blanc has a light but pure bouquet with lemon peel, grapefruit and hints of wet wool. The palate is crisp and vibrant on the entry with touches of lanolin and litchi nuts. This is so well balanced – uncomplicated but delicious. Drink now." (12/2012) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Bright and engaging, with lots of white peach, Jonagold apple and Cavaillon melon notes offset by a bright floral edge. The pure, unadorned finish sails on. Drink now. 15,000 cases made.—J.M." (06/2013) Stephen ...