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Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019

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Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019

Dassiekop literally translates as the hill of the dassies, the furry and friendly little rock hyraxes. From old bush vines (planted in the 1970s) of Chenin Blanc (known as Steen in the Cape), grown on steep and terraced granitic soils high on the... Read More

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Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019

ColourWhite

RegionSwartland

GrowerBadenhorst

Grape VarietyChenin Blanc

Vintage2019

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeBAD419

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Badenhorst Family Wines

Swartland, South Africa

We met Adi Badenhorst when he was making great wines at Rustenberg, and we have been shipping bottles from the family-owned vineyards at Kalmoesfontein farm on the Paardeberg for so many years that we still remember the days of bats nesting in the bedrooms and the resident Cape Cobra that lived behind one of the fermentation tanks!

The farm is now a...

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Chenin Blanc

Origins

  • Anjou in the Loire, where documented in the 9thC
  • Also known as Pineau in the Loire, Steen in South Africa

Characteristics   

  • Naturally productive and high yielding
  • Huge range of styles:  bone dry (e.g. Savennières); off-dry (e.g. old fashioned South African "Steen"); medium dry (e.g....
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Tim Aktin

Tim Aktin is an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 35 years’ experience.

He writes for a number of publications, including Harpers, Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine and The Drinks Business and am one of the Three Wine Men.

Tim's a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind...

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Badenhorst, Dassiekop Steen, 2019

Dassiekop literally translates as the hill of the dassies, the furry and friendly little rock hyraxes. From old bush vines (planted in the 1970s) of Chenin Blanc (known as Steen in the Cape), grown on steep and terraced granitic soils high on the Paardeberg, the juice is fermented in large old vats and then spends a year on the gross lees, again in large, basically neutral vessels. As Adi Badenhorst himself says, it's both "steely and fruity". Stone fruit and iron, silky, with considerable ageing potential.  Now-2025

Adi's commentary on his site goes as follows: "For me this is the finest Chenin Blanc or Steen vineyard and site in the Swartland. The rare combination of the perfect match between site, varietal and age of vines is truly expressed in this wine. Exceptional mouthfeel, texture, freshness,and concentration of fruit is the norm from this site. This wine is not released annually. 1520 bottles". 

"Dassiekop was the first single vineyard Chenin Blanc from Adi Badenhorst, taking its first bow in 2011. Located at 350 metres and surrounded by aromatic fynbos, this is a classic expression of granite soils: concentrated, dense and focused, all pear, wax and lanolin with mouth-watering freshness and length. 95/100 Drink 2022-27", Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2020

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