One of Adi's rare single vineyard bottlings, not released every year, and in fact, from the 1966 planted Golden Slopes vineyard, so-named for the deep yellow granite rocks in this vineyard, with a good proportion of clay too. Macerated yellow peppers, fresh cut flowers, millefeuille pastry, mirabelle plums and a little glycerine. The searing youthful bite is just beginning to subside, and it's developing broader textured notes - quince puree, spice and great length.
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
“The Golden Slopes is a vineyard planted in the mid 1960s on red and yellow granite soils right at the entrance to Adi Badenhorst's farm. Dry, pithy and taut, with apple and pear fruit, a hint of old oak and a long, mouth-watering finish.”Tim Atkin MW
“Flinty, wet stone, retrained stone fruit, focused, needs time to age, another beautiful Golden Slopes Chenin.”Roger Jones, The Buyer