AA Badenhorst Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc 2021


The Golden Slopes wine is named after the deep yellow coloured granite rocks found in this single vineyard which was planted in 1966. Of course it can also refer to the rolling golden slopes of wheat that the Swartland is so well known for.

The soils are composite of course granite with a 15% clay component. This results in grapes that ripen slightly later than the other vineyards on the farm.  100% concrete fermentation, i.e. no oak used at all. The wine always has plenty of texture and tension on the palate, wonderfully balanced acidity, and length.

2021 shows dense citrus and yellow stone fruit with a touch of nutty notes. A creamy butterscotch mouthfeel with on this fullbodied wine, but beautifully balance with bright clean finish.

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From three generations of winemaking stock, Adi was destined to be the best. Time in the Rhône, New Zealand and as winemaker at Rustenberg polished his talent before he (along with his cousin) brought his humble vineyard in the Paardeberg complete with gnarled vines and a run-down winery.

There are few young winemakers in South Africa that haven’t benefitted from his mentorship. This furry-faced whirlwind can be such a big personality – one of those ‘force of nature’ types – that people forget just how brilliant a winemaker he actually is. Adi makes wines to drink.

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