Swartland, South Africa
Adi Badenhorst’s grandfather was the general manager at Groot Constantia for 46 years,so Adi grew up between the vineyards and spent his time picking (stealing) grapes. “It all started when Jean Daneel, then winemaker at Buitenverwachting, let me make my first wine when I was thirteen,” Adi recalls. After completing his studies at Elsenburg, Adi worked a few harvests at Chateau Angelus, Alain Graillot in the north Rhone, France and Wither Hills in New Zealand and did stints at local cellars Simonsig, Steenberg, Groote Post and nine years as winemaker at the esteemed Stellenbosch estate, Rustenberg. In 2008 he packed it all in and bought a 60-hectare piece of land in the Paardeberg with his cousin Hein. They now proudly farm together, practice biological farming and make natural wines in the traditional manner. Today Adi Badenhorst is an award winning winemaker, member of the Cape Winemakers Guild, founding member of the Swartland Revolution and Swartland Independent, proud dad to Samuel Sunnyskies & Ana Kalander and ever evolving Vigneron.
The Chenin Blanc grapes are mostly from their farm, Kalmoesfontein, situated on the northern side of the Paardeberg mountain. Their neighbour also supplies them with some exceptional old vine fruit – making them the world’s smallest co-op! They maintain that high quality fruit comes from old un-irrigated bush-vines grown on a variety of granite soils that are naturally low yielding. Most of the Chenin vines were planted the 1960’s and tend to yield around 4 tons/hectare.
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