2014 A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines "Red Blend" Swartland

SKU #1309387 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Family Red Blend comprises of 56% Shiraz, 17% Grenache, 17% Cinsault and 10% Tinta Barocca. It has an animally, almost feral bouquet, a touch of fynbos infusing the red berry fruit; rustic but really compelling. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grip, grippy tannins and a keen thread of acidity. A mixture of red and black fruit, there is a solid backbone to this wine, great precision and it bounces along with its vivacious tart fruit on the finish. This is a great red blend from Adi and it will give at least a decade's worth of drinking pleasure.

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