Chenin Blanc led, with Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and some Palomino, all handpicked from mostly old vineyards planted on the decomposed granite slopes of Kalmoesfontein. Youthful at present and quite taut, with a lightly honeyed nose, dried apricots, white tea and baked hay, with grapefruit, tangerine and underripe mango on the palate. As we've seen year on year with the Family White, it ages exceptionally well, and in just a few years will flourish into something more opulent- honeyed, multilayered and more rounded, still with that hallmark savoury, ultra long finish.
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!
FROM THE PRESS
“Between 14 and 17 vineyards - Adi Badenhorst can't quite remember - go into this finely judged cuvée of Chenin Blanc with 53% Grenache Blanc, Verdelho, Roussanne, Palomino and Semillon. Expressing the classic focus and granitic precision of the Paardeberg, it's mealy, complex and saline, with lanolin, pear and citrus notes.”Tim Atkin MW