Broadbent Imports has one of the best South African books I work with. A large chunk of the stores South African wines come from this importer. Broadbent looks to import wines that are the best of its type. They look for wines that gratify not just the palate but also the soul. I can say that the Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc by A.A. Badenhorst definitely gratifies the palate and the Soul.
Bart Broadbent, Founder of Broadbent Imports
The import company also like to represent people with a passion behind their wines. This is easily said about Aubry Beeslar and his beautiful Pinotage. He is the Winemaker at Kanonkop which is well-known for their Pinotage. Besslar decided to create his own label and Broadbent was more than happy to support his passion and the amazing quality of the wine. Since its founding in 1996, Broadbent has focused on family owned wineries because you can truly see the passion and quality behind the wines.
De Wetshof wines in Robertson Valley South Africa began in the 1970s and was the first estate in the Robertson wine valley, known best for their Chardonnay. They are a 3rd generation family-owned winery that is run by Danie de Wet and his two sons Johann and Peter. Their wines express the amazing soils and uniqueness of the estate.
2017 De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay
Robertson, South Africa
This 100% Chardonnay comes from a vineyard that has the highest concentration of limestone soils along with heavy clay so they soils retain water very well. The soils have a high P.H. from the limestone, which gives they wine and amazing structure and complexity. The Chardonnay never sees wood and is only aged in stainless steel tanks and is full of notes of grapefruit and nuts. The lack of oak so you get the pureness of the fruit with refreshing apple and peach with a hint of lemon and a lovely leesy richness adding texture and a nutty chalky fruit filled finish with quality length.
$14.99 per bottle
A.A Badenhorst Family Wines was founded in 2007 and are made in Paardeberg area in Swartland district of South Africa. This family-owned winery is run by two cousins, Hein and Adi, and is run in a restored cellar on a farm that was used in the 1930’s. They grow Chenin Blanc, Cinsault, and Grenache. Adi Badenhorst is a brilliant winemaker and only produces about 10,000 cases of wine each harvest.
2017 A.A Badenhorst The Curator White Blend, South Africa
This wine comes from mostly bushvines that grow in granite and slate soils and sourced fro a number of family farms. The Chenin Blanc grape makes up the largest portion of the wine at 60% It is blended with 20% Chardonnay and 20% Viognier. It is made up of great texture and aromas from the blend of the wines with aromas of dried peaches and apricots and ripe citrus.
$8.99 per bottle
2016 A.A. Badenhorst The Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc,
Swartland, South Africa
The name Golden slopes comes from the vineyard being planted high on the Paardeberg mountain and the steep terraces and the fact that right before harvest the hillside turns a lovely golden color. The vineyard was planted in the 1970s and they still do things the same way when it comes to vitification. The vineyard yields about 2 tons and the grapes are pressed and run off into older casks for fermentation and aging. The juice is then put into 1200l foudres for the fermentation and maturation of 15 months. Only 1600 bottles of this wine are produced and is some of the best Chenin Blanc coming out of South Africa. This wine has amazing mouth feel with great texture and freshness. It has a lovely bouquet of Japanese Yuzu, quince, lemon, lemongrass, and thyme with a lovely acidity.
$56.99 per bottle
2015 A.A Badenhorst Red Blend, Swartland, South Africa
This wine is blended of Shiraz (52%), Grenache (21%), Cinsault (18%) Tinta Barocca (9%) They grapes are chosen from small parcels fro various vineyards on Kalmoesfontein farm and fro neighboring vineyards. No grapes are crushed or destemmed and minimal sulfur is added. The grapes are foot stomped to assist the onset of natural fermentation. The grapes fermented in closed concrete tanks are left on their skins for 6 months before pressing. The tannins are prominent and well integrated and refreshing the aromas are brooding but with complex notes of pepper, and black cherries. The beginning of the palate is quite dense with lavender and dark berry fruit. The finish is dry with well spread tannins ending with a savory currant flavor.
$34.99 per bottle
2015 Delaire Graff Botmaskop, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Stellenbosch is the heart of South Africa’s most historic and prestigious wine region. In 1982 John Platter bought the estate and named it Delaine, which means “From the Sky”. Laurence Graff, Chairman of Graff Diamonds International acquired the estate in 2003 and transformed the estate into South Africa’s most desirable art, hospitality, and wine destination. They aim for their red wines to be big in structure with soft tannins and elegance. This wine is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon (69%), Cabernet Franc (13%), Petit Verdot (9%), Merlot (6%), and Malbec (3%). They used whole berry fermentation and gentle punch downs to ensure extra care in handling of the grapes. The wine is aged in French Oak barrels for 16months in 50% new. This wine has rich aromas of cassis and spice with intense liquorice and blackberry flavors on he palate and fine lingering tannins.
$23.99 per bottle
2015 Beeslaar Pinotage, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Abrie Beeslar is the winemaker at the esteemed Stellenbosch property Kanonkop and he has started the adventure of creating his own label. His grapes come from a property just 2 kilometers from the Kanonkop property. The wine is aged in 16 French Oak barrels and 1 American Oak barrel for 18 months. The wine itself is lushly layer with notes of boysenberry and blueberry. It is carried by a polished structure and backed by mocha and dark licorice notes with a lengthy finish.
$47.99 per bottle