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The Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc

AA Badenhorst, The Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc 2017

R465

28 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 Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc comes from yellow granite soils, at a slightly higher elevation, and offers a fine acidity and fragrance. 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:
'As it was in 2016, this is one of my wines of the year, sourced from yellow granite soils (hence the name) at the top of the farm. Bottled late, it’s a gorgeous wine with a combination of perfume, focus and density, showing leesy richness and thrilling, vibrant acidity. 2020-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100

'The 2017 Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc comes from yellow granite soils at slightly higher elevation than Adi’s other Chenin and with a higher clay content. It has an intriguing, complex bouquet of Japanese yuzu, quince, lemon thyme and lemongrass, a little spicier than its fellow Chenin Blanc. The taut, linear palate is well balanced, with a fine bead of acidity and a lovely sappiness toward the vivid finish. Excellent.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

'This is the 3rd bottling from this vineyard and the 2017 vintage is lovely and typical of the site. The wine was bottled in March 2018 without filtration or fining. The texture is firm with nice fruit volume and flavour; the aromas are of the yellow fruit and citrus spectrum at this stage.' – Adi Badenhorst, winemaker

Production:
2300 bottles

Viticulture:
This vineyard was planted in 1968 on fertile welldrained granite soil. It is 1.85ha and yields around 2300L of juice. It gets its name from the deep golden granite rocks in the vineyard. Planted at an altitude of 330m and with slightly higher clay content than the other blocks.

Vinification:
Grapes are hand picked into picking crates and chilled overnight in a coolroom. 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 whereafter 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 Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc comes from yellow granite soils, at a slightly higher elevation, and offers a fine acidity and fragrance. 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:
'As it was in 2016, this is one of my wines of the year, sourced from yellow granite soils (hence the name) at the top of the farm. Bottled late, it’s a gorgeous wine with a combination of perfume, focus and density, showing leesy richness and thrilling, vibrant acidity. 2020-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100

'The 2017 Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc comes from yellow granite soils at slightly higher elevation than Adi’s other Chenin and with a higher clay content. It has an intriguing, complex bouquet of Japanese yuzu, quince, lemon thyme and lemongrass, a little spicier than its fellow Chenin Blanc. The taut, linear palate is well balanced, with a fine bead of acidity and a lovely sappiness toward the vivid finish. Excellent.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

'This is the 3rd bottling from this vineyard and the 2017 vintage is lovely and typical of the site. The wine was bottled in March 2018 without filtration or fining. The texture is firm with nice fruit volume and flavour; the aromas are of the yellow fruit and citrus spectrum at this stage.' – Adi Badenhorst, winemaker

Production:
2300 bottles

Viticulture:
This vineyard was planted in 1968 on fertile welldrained granite soil. It is 1.85ha and yields around 2300L of juice. It gets its name from the deep golden granite rocks in the vineyard. Planted at an altitude of 330m and with slightly higher clay content than the other blocks.

Vinification:
Grapes are hand picked into picking crates and chilled overnight in a coolroom. 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 whereafter it is bottled without any fining or filtration.

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Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

White

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