AA Badenhorst - 'Kaapse Dief Caperitif Lot #9' Vermouth

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"With a base of some of Badenhorst's ripest Chenin Blanc grapes comes this fortified wine. A leader in interesting vermouths from the new world. This has just a touch of sweetness balanced by both Quinchona, for bitterness, and a raft of indigenous Cape botanicals. Fruity and intense yet balanced and rather wonderful."


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AA Badenhorst

AA Badenhorst is one of the leading wineries of South Africa and are leading the way for the 'modern South Africa'. It is headed by the two cousins: Hein and Adi Badenhorst. Both Hein and Adi have had international experience in various wine regions around the globe which has helped them craft their own top-end winery in South Africa. 



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Traditionally a grain-producing area, in summer the Swartland district is marked by green pockets of vineyards clambering up the foothills of the mountains (Piketberg, Porterville, Riebeek and Perdeberg) and along the banks of the Berg River. In the past, the region was planted mainly to bushvines but trellising is increasingly being adopted due to advances in management strategies and quality considerations.

The Swartland literally translated means ‘the black land’ and the area takes its name from the now endangered indigenous renosterbos (rhino bush) which once turned the landscape a dark colour at certain times of the year. The district was traditionally a source of robust, full-bodied red wines and high quality, fortified wines. The Swartland Independent Producers (SIP) is a coming together of a group of like-minded producers working to express a true sense of place in the wines of the Swartland. 

In recent times, some exciting award-winning wines have emerged, both red and white, and the area continues to produce top port-style wines. Increasing percentages of Pinotage, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are being grown here, as well as Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. It has five designated wards:  Malmesbury, Paardeberg, Paardeberg-South, Riebeekberg and Riebeeksrivier. The district of Swartland borders Piketberg to the north, which is not dissimilar in both geography and climate.


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