A.A. Badenhorst 2020 "The Curator" Red Blend (canned wine 2 x 250ml)

Tasting notes
A deep purple red with luscious fruit, easy drinking. Ideal for the barbecue or, if the weather lets you down, spag bol.

Why we recommend this wine
We have long been a fan of Badenhorst’s wines and this red blend is no exception. Most commentators don’t seem to rate red wine in a can because they are mostly unoaked and thin; this is definitely not one of those. So, to mix Southern Hemisphere sayings, “Grab a tinny mate and enjoy the braai.”

The wine
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Cinsault with a dash of Grenache all sourced from the Swartland region which is a mountain range, or rather a granite outcrop, North-West of Cape Town. “The Curator” is assembled as a unique blend from the fantastic library of wine parcels at Adi Badenhorst’s disposal. These parcels each possess distinct and complex character, which translates into the wine. As Adi says “There is so much high quality fruit in the Swartland that ends up unrecognizable in Bag-in-Box blends. I felt that by adding a little more care to the vinification of these grapes, while maintaining cost efficiency in production, we could produce wines that would be sure to turn a few heads for a very reasonable sum of money.”

The wine estate
Adi Badenhorst is one of South Africa’s most exciting, hirsute and funny winemakers, and he has been a pivotal player in the ‘Swartland Revolution’, which has propelled this once neglected grape-growing region into the limelight. After honing his skills in the Rhône Valley (which plays a huge influence in his wines), New Zealand and at Rustenberg, he bought a rundown winery and a clutch of gnarled vines and went it alone. Adopting a dynamic and experimental approach, the wines of Badenhorst are made using old-vine fruit from long established vineyards and vinified using traditional and non-interventionist methods.

Food and wine
Rich and fruity means grilled meats, tomato-based dishes and hard cheeses. Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here.

Did you know?
SA requires wine makers to have warning labels on their products but appears to be sanguine about what the warning is. This can has the warning “Don’t drink and walk on the road, you may be killed.” Somewhat typical SA humour but still serious. The average person does not have a car and public transport being what it is - or rather, isn’t - in that part of the world, there is a lot of walking on the side of the road (most often with no sidewalk) so you can see how dangerous drunk walking is.