BOTTLE OF AA BADENHORST “KELDER STEEN” SINGLE OLD VINE CHENIN 2019
This vineyard was planted in 1972. Interplanted with small amounts of Clairette, Palomino and Muscat de Alexandrie in the original planting. Beautiful big vines, medium vigour and good yields in comparison to the other vineyards. Slightly bigger berries with incredible flavour at harvest.
Kelder is an old and wild vineyard on the Badenhorst farm, with vines planted between 1950 and 1970. Steen is the South African name for Chenin Blanc. So, this is one of Badenhorst’s rare single-vineyard Chenins. Kelder has provided grapes for the much-loved Family White and Secateurs range, but now it has been elevated to single-vineyard status, and deservedly so. It produces a very pretty and very classic Chenin Blanc, brimming with crunchy green apple, pear, lemon barley sugars, quince jelly, green herbs and a pinch of spice from the oak. Serve with roast pork or fish.
5-star Platter’s Wine Guide rating (96/100)
Allocated 94/100 points by Tim Atkin, British Master of Wine and international wine judge
AA Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland appellation of South Africa. 28ha of old bushvines grow in the Siebritskloof part of the Paardeberg mountain. The property is owned by the baie dynamic and good looking cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst. They are originally from Constantia. Their grandfather was the farm manager of Groot Constantia for 46 years. Their fathers were born there and farmed together in Constantia, during the days when people still ate fresh vegetables and Hanepoot grapes, drank Cinsault and there were a lot less traffic lights and hippies still had a presence. Together these two have restored a neglected cellar on the farm that was last used in the 1930′s to make natural wines in the traditional manner.