The 2019 release of Adi's rare Single Vineyard wines saw a new name for the first time among the Chenin's, and this is it! Previously, all the fruit from the Skool vineyard (yup, you guessed it, the vineyard sits just above the local school) would have been included in the Secateurs and Family White. 2019 is the first vintage that Adi deemed it special enough to be elevated to single vineyard status, and we're pretty happy with the result. Just 1200 bottles produced-superb texture and mouthfeel, laden with apricots, fresh and gently poached, wild thyme and lemon peel.
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
“Is this a new wine? 'Er, I think so," says Adi Badenhorst. Sourced from deeper granite soils than most of his Chenins, Skool used to be a component of Secateurs but is now bottled on its own. Exotic, peachy and textured, with some phenolic grip and a herbal, fynbos tang.”Tim Atkin MW