AA Badenhorst, The Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa, 2019


The name Golden slopes comes from the vineyard being planted high on the Paardeberg mountain and the steep terraces and the fact that right before harvest the hillside turns a lovely golden color. The vineyard was planted in the 1970s and they still do things the same way when it comes to vitification. The vineyard yields about 2 tons and the grapes are pressed and run off into older casks for fermentation and aging. The juice is then put into 1200 foudres for the fermentation and maturation of 15 months. Only 1600 bottles of this wine are produced and is some of the best Chenin Blanc coming out of South Africa. This wine has amazing mouth feel with great texture and freshness. It has a lovely bouquet of Japanese Yuzu, quince, lemon, lemongrass, and thyme with a lovely acidity. Pair with roasted chicken, pork, pastas in cream sauces, root vegetable dishes.

We firmly believe that Adi Badenhorst is one of the most exciting winemakers in South Africa. He is also the most frustrating. His laid back, self-deprecating, playful manner keeps you guessing and makes you wonder whether he has any idea what he is actually doing, whether he just chucks some grapes into a vat and hopes for the best, but we know full well that there is a huge amount of expertise that goes on behind closed doors, when no one is around to witness his skill and diligence …and spoil his reputation!

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