A A Badenhorst Family White Blend 2016
A A Badenhorst Family White is grown, made and matured on the Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland appellation of South Africa. The 28 ha of old bush vines grow in the Siebritskloof part of the Paardeberg mountain. The property is owned by the baie dynamic and some 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 fewer 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.
On Kalmoesfontein it is back to basics, using traditional winemaking equipment and old cement kuipe. “We make wines with immense character. We’re using what we can afford. We are making the best wines we can, and we are having great experiences. I want to make something, involving interaction with my family.” Today Adi Badenhorst is a much talked about the winemaker, member of the Cape Winemakers Guild, a founding member of the Swartland Revolution and Swartland Independent, proud dad to Samuel Sunny skies & Ana Kalander and ever-evolving Vigneron. Amongst other things (like parrot farmer, LP collector, egg poaching pro, tea connoisseur, Land Cruiser driver, ponytail wearer and local legend…).
The Badenhorst Family White Blend is a blend consisting of 20% Chenin Blanc, 13% each of Clairette, Roussanne and Verdelho, 9% each of Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris, 8% Marsanne, 7% Viognier, 5% Semillon and 3% Palomino. The end result is compelling. Aromatics of citrus and peach plus flowers, dried herbs and gravel road dustiness while the palate has a great purity about it without being overtly fruity – it comes across as very deftly made with none of those components there by accident. Nothing too easy about it – in fact, it’s quite formidable right now – very tight and savoury – but should mature with benefit. winemag.co.za