Greengages and fresh green herbs on the nose, with scents of sweet meadow flowers that carry through to the palate which is ample and fuller than the 2020 - think bowls of fresh sun-kissed apricots, orange blossom and a gentle mineral note from the granite soils the vines are rooted. Just gorgeous and really persistent in its length, with a lemon drizzle finish and hint of white pepper. Probably the best bang-for-buck white wine we've ever sold. Why is this wine so special? Why does it win so much rapturous admiration? Because it surprises people with its quality. You just don't expect to find an organic, old-vine Swartland chenin (yields as low as 4 tons/hectare - about the same as much premier and grand cru Burgundy), with this much character, texture and interest, at this price level.
We firmly believe that Adi Badenhorst is the most exciting winemaker in South Africa. He is also the most frustrating. His laid back, self-deprecating, playful manner keeps you guessing and makes you wonder whether he has any idea what he is actually doing, whether he just chucks some grapes into a vat and hopes for the best, but we know full well that there is a huge amount of expertise that goes on behind closed doors, when no one is around to witness his skill and diligence ...and spoil his reputation!