The Badlands Sauvignon Blanc 2023 from mainly the Koekenaap region, offers an intriguing journey for the senses. Upon first approach, it displays an earthy, robust character, akin to freshly hewn sea kelp (Bamboes), demonstrating the wine’s unique connection to its West Coast origins. Subtle undertones of Kakibos add an unexpected twist, lending an herbaceous allure that underpins the rustic overtones with an aromatic complexity.
Yet, it is the wine’s likeness to a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that truly captures the palate. It boasts a vibrant acidity, reminiscent of zesty lime and green apple, melding seamlessly with the initial earthy, Bamboes-like characteristics to create a harmonious balance.
Gold LUMO Awards 2023
The wine presents a strong, full-bodied experience, highlighting the peculiarities of the Koekenaap terroir while nodding respectfully to New Zealand’s famed Sauvignon Blanc style. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving a lingering memory of its distinctive taste profile. The Badlands Sauvignon Blanc 2023 is truly a testament to the unique charm and potential of the West Coast terroir.
True to the Badlands story, these grapes ripen in some harsh cool, yet, dry maritime conditions. It is an arid land, next to the cold Atlantic Ocean that is delivering some of the most exciting fruit South Africa has ever seen.