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- Grapes: Chenin Blanc, and a tiny bit of Semillon and Grenache blanc
just to add some jazz!
- Vineyards and vines: The Chenin Blanc grapes are mostly from our farm,
Kalmoesfontein situated on the northern side of the Paardeberg Mountain.
Our neighbour also supplies us with some exceptional old vine fruit
making us the world’s smallest co-op! We maintain that high quality
fruit comes from old un-irrigated bush vines grown on a variety of
granite soils that are naturally low yielding. Most of our Chenin vines
were planted the late 1960s to mid-1970 and tend to yield around 4
- Vinification: The grapes are handpicked with great care and chilled
overnight in a cold room. The following day they are whole bunch pressed
to a settling tank. These vineyards were picked over a period of 12 days
and each day fresh juice was added to the already fermenting tanks. This
extended the alcoholic fermentation by about 20 days but was also very
important in the complete integration of the wine as all the various
vineyards or components were fermented together. Some of the juice is
also fermented in older casks and big foudres; around 25% of the total.

Secateurs Chenin Blanc, A.A Badenhorst 2022

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