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Klip Kop Steen

AA Badenhorst, Klip Kop Steen 2017

R465

36 in stock

Notes

‘His manner is so relaxed he might as well be lying down,’ writes Neal Martin, describing Adi after his recent visit to Kalmoesfontein – the home of AA Badenhorst Family Wines. But don’t be fooled by Adi’s playful and coy demeanour. After a decade of farming 41 hectares of old vines, with the oldest planted in 1952, his tiny-production 2017 single vineyards are simply incredible.

How does he decide which vineyards to bottle separately? ‘These special parcels are rated 3 on the ‘golden tears’ scale,’ says Adi, referring to the tears these precious old vines make him and his team shed when entering the vineyard. These 3 Chenin Blancs are full and textured and have a vivid freshness that will allow ageing. The reds are more deft and elegant and hold amazing precision and depth.

The Klip Kop Steen (just 460 bottles) is from low-vigour vines planted on shallow granite soils, giving it a more structured and stony finish. Along with the incredible Sk'windjiesvlei Tinta Barocca and Raaigras Grenache, which were unveiled earlier this year at Young Guns™ – At Heart, Adi’s set of 2017s are some of the finest wines the Swartland can offer.

Tasting notes:
'A first release from the so-called 'Stone Hill', this is a stunning 2017 Chenin (and it’s not alone), this old vine white is unfined and unfiltered, with a hint of fruit sweetness, a creamy mid palate, stony intensity and remarkable palate length. 2019-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100

'The 2017 Klip Kop Steen comes from low-vigor vines on shallow granite soils, which produce exposed small bunches that attain a little more ripeness, and undergoes a 16-month ferment on the gross lees. It has a tightly wound, flinty, almost reductive bouquet with just a touch of turpentine. The palate is well balanced, with a waxy entry, presenting a fine line of acidity and notes of orange pith, Comice pear, crushed stone and veins of stem ginger toward the persistent finish. Very fine.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 91/100

'After working with this vineyard for 10 years we have decided to bottle it on its own for the first time. The juice always takes a long time to ferment and the resulting wine has a wonderful minerality to it. Obviously textured and deep in flavour because of the low yields and age of the vines. It has a complex flinty aromatic profile and we reckon it can age pretty well.' – Adi Badenhorst, Winemaker

Production:
460 bottles

Viticulture:
This vineyard was planted in 1966 on a rough, exposed granite outcrop. The 0.6ha yields around 1000L of juice. The name ('Rock Head') is the original name of the site and refers to the granite rocks on this hill.

Vinification:
Hand picked into picking crates and chilled overnight in a cool-room. The parcel is pressed together without destemming and the juice is run-off directly to very old 500L casks. The fermentation takes a few months to complete naturally. The wine stays on its gross lees for the entirety of its maturation where after it is bottled without any fining or filtration.

‘His manner is so relaxed he might as well be lying down,’ writes Neal Martin, describing Adi after his recent visit to Kalmoesfontein – the home of AA Badenhorst Family Wines. But don’t be fooled by Adi’s playful and coy demeanour. After a decade of farming 41 hectares of old vines, with the oldest planted in 1952, his tiny-production 2017 single vineyards are simply incredible.

How does he decide which vineyards to bottle separately? ‘These special parcels are rated 3 on the ‘golden tears’ scale,’ says Adi, referring to the tears these precious old vines make him and his team shed when entering the vineyard. These 3 Chenin Blancs are full and textured and have a vivid freshness that will allow ageing. The reds are more deft and elegant and hold amazing precision and depth.

The Klip Kop Steen (just 460 bottles) is from low-vigour vines planted on shallow granite soils, giving it a more structured and stony finish. Along with the incredible Sk'windjiesvlei Tinta Barocca and Raaigras Grenache, which were unveiled earlier this year at Young Guns™ – At Heart, Adi’s set of 2017s are some of the finest wines the Swartland can offer.

Tasting notes:
'A first release from the so-called 'Stone Hill', this is a stunning 2017 Chenin (and it’s not alone), this old vine white is unfined and unfiltered, with a hint of fruit sweetness, a creamy mid palate, stony intensity and remarkable palate length. 2019-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100

'The 2017 Klip Kop Steen comes from low-vigor vines on shallow granite soils, which produce exposed small bunches that attain a little more ripeness, and undergoes a 16-month ferment on the gross lees. It has a tightly wound, flinty, almost reductive bouquet with just a touch of turpentine. The palate is well balanced, with a waxy entry, presenting a fine line of acidity and notes of orange pith, Comice pear, crushed stone and veins of stem ginger toward the persistent finish. Very fine.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 91/100

'After working with this vineyard for 10 years we have decided to bottle it on its own for the first time. The juice always takes a long time to ferment and the resulting wine has a wonderful minerality to it. Obviously textured and deep in flavour because of the low yields and age of the vines. It has a complex flinty aromatic profile and we reckon it can age pretty well.' – Adi Badenhorst, Winemaker

Production:
460 bottles

Viticulture:
This vineyard was planted in 1966 on a rough, exposed granite outcrop. The 0.6ha yields around 1000L of juice. The name ('Rock Head') is the original name of the site and refers to the granite rocks on this hill.

Vinification:
Hand picked into picking crates and chilled overnight in a cool-room. The parcel is pressed together without destemming and the juice is run-off directly to very old 500L casks. The fermentation takes a few months to complete naturally. The wine stays on its gross lees for the entirety of its maturation where after it is bottled without any fining or filtration.

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Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

White

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