AA Badenhorst is a family run estate, owned by cousins Hein and Adi. Their family have over 50 years’ experience in South Africa’s wine industry, with their grandfather managing the iconic Groot Constantia. Together these two have restored a neglected cellar that was last used in the 1930′s to make natural wines in the traditional manner.
This Badenhorst Skool Steen might help get you through the rigours of home education. Steen is the South African name for Chenin Blanc, which this wine is made from. It comes from a single vineyard in Kalmoesfontein, planted in the 1960s, next to an old community school, hence the name. This is the first vintage where this parcel was bottled separately, and not part of a blend.
The vineyard produces a tiny, but high quality yield. It is fermented naturally then aged in old 1200 litre barrels for 11 months. This is built to develop over a few years, it is wonderfully precise and lazor like. This is a lesson in how to make great Chenin Blanc.