One of Adi's rare single vineyard bottlings, Kelder means cellar in Afrikaans, and yup, you guessed it, this block of Chenin Blanc vines sits right by the entrance to the cellar! Planted in 1966 on an east facing slope, with some Palomino and Muscat De Alexandrie interplanted as well, yields are tiny - just 1600 bottles produced. Crunchy green apple, pear, passionfruit, lemon barley water, fresh green herbs and a little spice from the oak. Fantastic with poached fish and tarragon sauce. One of the earliest sites to ripen on the farm, it tends to have slightly higher acidity than other blocks.
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
“Adi Badenhorst used to sell the grapes from this block next to the cellar to Delaire Graff until he realised how good they were. Flinty, stony and appealingly reductive with wild yeast and umami notes, impressive focus and mouth-watering acidity.”Tim Atkin MW