The 'Family White' is a celebration of the beauty and unique character of the Swartland. A beautifully textured and rounded white with a lightly honeyed nose, and notes of dried apricots, white tea, and tangerine.
'When you’re working like that you aren’t picking for varietal typicity, you’re picking to make a blend that best expresses the area.' - Adi Badenhorst
This is mostly Chenin Blanc, blended with a spattering of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, and Palomino. Although these varieties ripen at slightly different times, Adi harvests all at once and ferments them together in the same tank.
Adi Badenhorst is a farmer first and foremost. In 2007 he bought a dilapidated old winery on the northern side of the Paardeberg Mountain in the Swartland. It was rough around the edges, but with magnificent old vineyards that just needed a bit of love. Since then he and his wife have worked tirelessly to breathe new life into the farm, and today it is one of the most interesting vineyard sites in the area.
Adi's focus is on producing wines that are authentic celebrations of the Swartland and its unique growing conditions. His Family Red and White wines are deliberately designed to give the best expression of 'place', whilst his single-vineyard bottling's hail from small parcels of old vines, each with their own terroir expression. He is also experimenting more with skin contact wines and has recently started producing an approachable orange Chenin/Semillon within his Saceuters range. To taste Adi's wines is to taste the Swartland distilled into a glass. Remarkable and delicious.
Read our interview with Adi, on the blog now.