Top South Africa Cape white blends

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Critics are abuzz at what looks set to be 'the next big thing' from South Africa: premium white blends to rival the best from Bordeaux, the Rhone and beyond. Tina Gellie visits the Cape to find out why and selects 12 of the best picks to buy...
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South Africa Cape Blends, AA Badenhorst Funky White NV
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AA Badenhorst, Funky White, Western Cape NV

AA Badenhorst, Funky White, Western Cape NV
(Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and eight other varieties)
Made in a solera system but without fortification, so tasting more like a vin jaune. Bone-dry palate of salty almond, citrus peel, quince and mouthwatering acidity. Unique. (17.5/20pts (91/100pts)
Price £13.95/375ml Handford, Hedonism, Swig
Drink 2013–2023
Alc 13.5%