A A Badenhorst
'Kelder Steen' Chenin Blanc, 2020

Swartland, South Africa

£39.90

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A A Badenhorst
'Kelder Steen' Chenin Blanc, 2020

Swartland, South Africa

£39.90

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SIZE:
75cl
Adi Badenhorst made less than 2,000 bottles of this expressive, single-vineyard Chenin Blanc; which hails from a plot planted in 1966, just next to the 'kelder' (or 'cellar' in Afrikaans). Kelder Steen is a wine that epitomises quality over quantity. The fruit from this tiny vineyard was all handpicked and processed, before naturally fermenting over the course of several months. The result is a uniquely 'Swartland' Chenin, that's textured and deeply flavoured with notes of granadilla and apricot.

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Tim Atkin MW

“Big vines" is how Adi Badenhorst describes the fruit of this Swartland vineyard. The result is a wonderfully complex, self-assured Chenin Blanc with hay and wild flower aromas, a hint of gunflint, pear and quince flavours, stylish wood and enough focus and minerality to carry full malolactic fermentation. Long and detailed. Drink 2022-28.”

About A A Badenhorst

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.

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