Andre Adriaan Badenhorst's grandfather was the general manager at Groot Constantia wine estate for 46 years. His father was born there and farmed on neighboring Buitenverwachting and Constantia Uitsig for many years. Adi grew up between the vineyards and spent his time picking (stealing) grapes. “It all started when Jean Daneel, then winemaker at Buitenverwachting, let me make my first wine when I was thirteen,” Adi recalls.
After completing his studies at Elsenburg, Adi worked a few harvests at Chateau Angelus, Alain Graillot in the north Rhone, France and Wither Hills in New Zealand and did stints at local cellars Simonsig, Steenberg, Groote Post and nine years as winemaker at the esteemed Stellenbosch estate, Rustenberg.
In 2008 he packed it all in and bought a 60-hectare piece of land in the Paardeberg with his cousin Hein. They now proudly farm together, practice biological farming and make natural wines in the traditional manner, vinifying in old foudres and cement vats.
The 2017 Piet Bok Se Bos Steen, which is named after the original farmer of Adi's estate, comes from vines planted in 1968. This is the first time it has not been blended into the Secateurs Chenin Blanc. It has a well-defined bouquet of yellow plum, white flower and light wax resin aromas that unfold beautifully in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a pithy core of yellow stone fruit, a fine bead of acidity and a waxy-textured, quite persistent finish.
Origin: Swartland/South Africa
Grapes: Chenin Blanc