About this winery
Scruffy-faced and ponytailed, Adi Badenhorst is one of the wine world's great characters. Formerly the winemaker at the renowned Stellenbosch estate Rustenberg, he comes from a family with a distinguished wine pedigree: his grandfather was the general manager at Groot Constantia for 46 years. In 2008 together with his cousin Hein he purchased a 60 acre farm which was in the middle of nowhere and had been abandoned since the 1930's. The idea was to make natural wines in the traditional manner,...
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Notes about product
The grapes are sourced from the Badenhorst family farm, Kalmoesfontein, which is situated on the northern side of the Paardeberg Mountain. All of the grapes come from from old, un-irrigated mountainsloped bushvines that are grown on a variety of granite soils.
The grapes are hand-picked, chilled overnight, then crushed into open concrete tanks for natural fermentation, which lasts around 2 weeks. The tanks are punched down twice daily during this time. The finished wine is run off into old casks, foudres and concrete tanks, and left on its lees for 12 months before being bottled. The wine was was lightly filtered but not fined.
The wine has perfumed, peppery, spicy and smokey aromas, with ripe red fruit
notes. The palate is supple and smooth on the entry but has enough grip and freshness to finish dry and refreshing.