Estate: Cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst, who grew up on neighboring vineyards watching their grandfather and fathers manager the vineyards, own A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines. The 60 hectares of vineyards are located in the Swartland appellation of South Africa and consists of old vines planted in the 1950’s and 60’s. Award winning winemaker Adi Badenhorst practices sustainable farming and traditional winemaking methods and is involved with the South African biodiversity project, which sees the estate planting over 300 trees each year.
Philosophy: The cousins take inspiration from “The great old wines of South Africa and the discarded varietals, the bottles of which can be found in the forgotten corners of old cellars before modern methods and fame came along and changed the purity of the wines.”
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from dry farmed, low yielding, old vines located on the northern side of the Paardeberg Mountain. Sulphur is added if necessary and only minimally. Fermented in concrete and old vats.
Tasting Notes: Gold in colour with aromas of lemon, honey, minerals and hints of wet wool. Tasting very similar to the aromas, with friendly apple, lemon and honeysuckle flavours. Minerals and traces of lemon zest comprise the clean finish. A bright streak of acidity balances the honeyed fruit flavours, making this fantastic on its own or with a variety of dishes, especially those with cayenne, cilantro and fennel. Also great with semi-gamey cheese.
100% Chenin Blanc
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