AA Badenhorst Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc 2019 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Swartland
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'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. Drink 2021-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100

'From vines on yellow granite - & there’s yellow fruit too, with scrubby undertone. 2019 has delicately commanding aromas & forceful stony dryness on palate, echoing with sweet peach fruit as the wine opens up. Fine acid grip, succulent. Wholebunch. Just 12.5% alcohol.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (94/100)

'The 2019 The Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc, whole-bunch-pressed straight into a small old oak foudre, has a resinous bouquet of beeswax and light Conference pear aromas. The aromatics just need a little egging on. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity; this is a more "neutral" take on the grape variety. Steely and reserved, a Chenin Blanc that will benefit from a year or two in bottle.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 91/100 (Apr 2021)

'The Golden Slopes wine is named after the deep yellow coloured granite rocks found in this single vineyard (planted in 1966). 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. The wine always has plenty of texture and tension on the palate, wonderfully balanced acidity, and length. The aromas are dominated by yellow fruits, quince, and spicy notes.' – Adi Badenhorst, Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Adi Badenhorst
Alcohol 12.3%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Chenin Blanc
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chenin Blanc
Rating TA 95
Technical analysis RS: 1.7 g/L | TA: 5.3 g/L | PH: 3.37
Producer information AA Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland appellation of South Africa. The farm is owned by cousins, Hein and Adi Badenhorst, and over the last decade, 41 hectares of old vines, the oldest planted back in 1952, have been farmed back to glory. They practice biological farming and make natural wines in the traditional manner. 'The top wines translate Swartland through Adi's fuzzy logic and irresistible charm,' writes Neal Martin after a visit. He also calls his visit one of his 'top 10 wine visits of all time'.
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