Vineyards and vines: small parcels of selected fruit is sourced from various vineyards on our farm Kalmoesfontein, the Swartland area and the greater Paardeberg mountain.
Grapes: Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier ,Verdehlo, Chardonnay , Colombard , Grenache Gris, Semillon, Clairette Blanche and Palomino.
Vinification: The Palomino is usually the picked first at low sugar levels followed by the other varietals in quick succession – normally within two weeks all 12 varietals are safely in the cellar fermenting together in 60year old 1200L foudres. . Therefore by doing this various varietals are blended early during the pressing if they happen to be harvested on the same day, otherwise they are blended after 13 months in casks.
Maturation: We only use old 1200L foudres for the fermentation and maturation of 13 months. After this the wines are racked and blended together in a single concrete tank with all their lees and left for another 6 – 8 months months before bottling.
Analysis Alcohol 14.3vol% Residual Sugar 2.3g/L pH 3.45 Total Acidity (Tartaric) 6g/L Total sulphur 100ppm The final makeup of the blend varies slightly each year. This will always be the case as we discover new amazing parcels of fruit or refine the final blend. We feel that Chenin Blanc is best suited to be the heart of the blend and that is why it forms the biggest portion of the blend. The aromas are very complex and change considerably in the glass. Perfume, spice, tea, stone fruit and citrus blossoms are some of the notes that can be detected. In the mouth the texture and ripeness and gentle tannins result in a wine that has incredible length and complex flavour profile. The wine also has wonderful fruit volume characterised by stone fruit and mineral flavours. The finish is long and has slight phenolic edges supporting the fruit through the entire length of the wine.
7100 bottles produced Adi Badenhorst