2008 AA Badenhorst White Blend
Vineyards and vines: Small parcels of selected fruit are sourced from various vineyards on our farm Kalmoesfontein, the Swartland area and the greater Paardeberg Mountain.
Grapes: Chenin Blanc (29%) Roussanne (14%), Grenache Blanc (14%), Viognier (14%), Verdehlo (14%), Chardonnay (14%) Sauvignon Blanc (0.5%)
Vinification: Picking for the 2008 vintage started on the 2nd February and ended on the 25th of the same month. The grapes were cooled overnight and then whole bunch pressed the following day. The free run juice was run off directly into old casks and small concrete tank for a lengthy and nervous (for the winemaker, great for the wine) natural fermentation. The 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 500L and 600L casks for the maturation of 13 months. After this the wines are racked and blended together with all their lees and left for another 6 months before bottling.
Residual Sugar 2 g/L
Total Acidity (Tartaric) 5.5g/L
Total sulphur 105ppm
The 2008 AA Badenhorst white is a different blend from the 2007 which was Roussanne dominated. 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 flavour profile and 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.
5851 bottles produced