About the Wines:
The vineyards – Mostly old bushvines planted in the 1950’s and 1960’s to Chenin Blanc, Cinsault and Grenache. The vines are unirrigated and farmed as biologically as possible. The vineyards are planted on north, east, and south facing slopes bringing tremendous variety to the fruit. Fruit from other selected sites within the appellation are also purchased to complete the final blends.
The soils – Three distinct types of granites are found here, namely the Paardeberg-, Lammershoek- and Lemoenfontein-type plus different sub-surface geology including clay, weathered granite and some serious shale.
The winemaking – All fruit, red and white, is whole bunch-handled so no crushing or destemming takes place. The whites are tranferred directly to old casks or into concrete tanks for fermentation and ageing. The red grapes are fermented in concrete tanks and open wooden kuipe. The post fermentation maceration is lengthy – up to 4 months -whereafter the wines are put to cask or 4000L foudres. No additions are done to the grapes other than sulfur before and after fermentation.
Our inspiration – The great old wines of South Africa and the discarded varietals, the bottles of which can be found in the forgotten corners of old cellars before modern methods and fame came along and changed the purity of the wines.
Two wines are made and bottled under the AA Badenhorst range,
a White Blend (Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Gris, Verdehlo, Colombar, Viognier, Chardonnay, Semillon and 3 others) see the fact sheets here.
and a Red Blend (Shiraz, Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault) click here for the fact sheets.
Occasionally a Funky White is also released.
We also release three wines under our second tier, Secateurs:
A Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault and Grenache) a Chenin Blanc and the occasional Rosé. View all the fact sheets by clicking here.
Lately we have added a very rare and special single vineyard range.
Sourced from specific, beautiful old vine vineyards – we give you Dassiekop Steen (Chenin Blanc), Sout-van-die-aarde (Salt of the earth) Palomino, Raaigras Grenache and Ramnasgras Cinsault. These wines sell out fast so if you see them, grab them!
We export to Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Denmark, Germany, the UK, Ireland, South Korea, China, Canada and the USA. Contact us for more information on where to find our fine wines in your country.
Alternatively you can order via Yuppiechef online. They ship anywhere in SA and to Europe.