A A Badenhorst Secateurs 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…).
“Broad and tangy. Just the job for a party white. Crunchy with masses of personality. Lightly and attractively bitter on the end.” “Sweet lovely, pure apple, with a touch of vanilla pod, juicy lemon freshness shines brightly. Quite a delicate frame, with a perfectly balanced structure and generous, ripe fruit. ” Jancis Robinson MW