AA Badenhorst, Piet Bok Se Bos Steen 750ml 2018South Africa, Swartland
His manner is so relaxed he might as well be lying down,’ writes Neal Martin, describing Adi after his visit to Kalmoesfontein in 2018 – the home of AA Badenhorst Family Wines. But don’t be fooled by Adi’s playful and coy demeanour. After a decade of farming 41 hectares of old vines, with the oldest planted in 1952, his tiny-production single vineyards are simply incredible.
How does he decide which vineyards to bottle separately? ‘These special parcels are rated 3 on the ‘golden tears’ scale,’ says Adi, referring to the tears these precious old vines make him and his team shed when entering the vineyard. These 3 Chenin Blancs are full and textured and have a vivid freshness that will allow ageing. The reds are more deft and elegant and hold amazing precision and depth.
The Piet Bok Se Bos Steen is named after the farmer who planted the vines in 1968 and used to make its way into the Secateurs. It is a pure and powerful Swartland Chenin with all the trimmings.
'Piet Bok Se Bos comes from a cooler block on the farm (although everything is relative in the Swartland) and has the classic Badenhorst hallmarks of old wood, moderate alcohol and stony minerality. Taut, saline and very focused, it's a deliciously refreshing Chenin Blanc. 2020-28.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2019, 94/100
'The nose is quite open and expressive – potpourri, citrus and peach while the palate is soft and round with good fruit expression and moderate acidity.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 93/100
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JR: JancisRobinson.com | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator