AA Badenhorst, Piet Bok Se Bos Steen 750ml 2017South Africa, Swartland
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 Piet Bok Se Bos Steen (1,100 bottles) is named after the farmer who planted the vines in 1968 and used to make its way into the Secateurs. It is a pure and powerful Swartland Chenin with all the trimmings. 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.
'One of a trio of brilliant Chenins from Adi Badenhorst, this comes from deeper, more vigorous soils than the other two. It’s quite a lean, tight, focused style with notes of white flowers and tangerine and piercing acidity and length. 2019-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 94/100
'The 2017 Piet Bok Se Bos Steen, which is named after the original farmer of Adi's estate, comes from vines planted in 1968. This is the first time it has not been blended into the Secateurs Chenin Blanc. It has a well-defined bouquet of yellow plum, white flower and light wax resin aromas that unfold beautifully in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a pithy core of yellow stone fruit, a fine bead of acidity and a waxy-textured, quite persistent finish. Superb.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100
'After working with this vineyard for 10 years we have decided to bottle it on its own for the first time. The juice from this site is always higher in acidity and nutrients and so the fermentation is pretty rapid compared to the rest of the parcels. On average more freshness and linearity are found in this vineyard.' – Adi Badenhorst, winemaker
This vineyard was planted in 1968 on a fertile well-drained granite soil. Its 0.85ha yields around 1300L of juice. The name is the original name of the site and refers to the previous owner of the farm that had a small house amongst a few bluegums trees overlooking the vineyard.
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 its bottled without any fining or filtration.
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