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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,...
After working with this vineyard for 10 years, the Badenhorst Family has decided to bottle it on its own for the first time. The juice always takes a long time to ferment and the resulting wine has a wonderful minerality to it. Obviously textured and deep in flavour because of the low yields and age of the vines. It has a complex flinty aromatic profile and can age well.
This vineyard was planted in 1966 on a rough, exposed granite outcrop. The 0.6ha yields around 1000L of juice. The name (“Rock Head”) is the original name of the site and refers to the granite rocks on this hill.
Hand picked into picking crates and chilled overnight in a cool-room. The parcel is pressed together without destemming and the juice is run-off directly to very old 500L casks. The fermentation takes a few months to complete naturally. The wine stays on its gross lees for the entirety of its maturation whereafter it is bottled without any fining or filtration.
- 94 Points -
One of a trio of brilliant Chenins from Adi Badenhorst, this comes from deeper, more
vigorous soils than the other two. It’s quite a lean, tight, focused style with notes of white flowers and tangerine and piercing acidity and length.