AA Badenhorst Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa
Size of vineyards
The history/story of the vineyard.
We purchased the farm in 2007 and have worked tirelessly in the vineyards and winery since then. We now have the finest vineyards and sites in our area. New plantings will commence in 2016 and 2017 of varieties such as Carignan, Alicante, Tinta Barocca, Bastardo, Pontac, Cinsault, Grenache on the red side. More Chenin Blanc, Macabeau, Grenache Gris and Palomino will make the white plantings. The above varieties will be co-planted.
All old bushvines grown in deep granitic soils on the Paardeberg Mountain range. The oldest Grenache and Cinsault vineyards in the Swartland are on this farm. Very old chenin blanc too. No irrigation is used. No pesticides, herbicides either. Vineyard nutrition is via N producing cover crops and cattle manure. We are sustainable socially and environmentally.
We work with old vineyards that are able better to express their site and climatic variations annually. In the cellar very little is done other than to extract the juice from the berries by whole bunch pressing the white grapes. The reds are whole bunch fermented as co-fermentations and left on the skins for a lengthy maceration. Only sulphur is added to the wine. Nothing else other than, when needed, a coarse filtration before bottling.