A.A. Badenhorst

The Curator White Blend

2021
Western Cape
South Africa
Say It
Ah.Ah. BAH-denn-horst Thuh Kew-RAY-tor
Varietals
Chenin Blanc, Viognier
$11
Flavors
White Peach White Peach
Honeysuckle Honeysuckle
Mineral Mineral
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Palate Character

Balance & Finesse 1 Rich & Full 2 Light & Bright 2 Smooth & Silky 2 Round & Fleshy 2 Tone & Backbone 2 Powerful & Extracted 2 Bright & Crisp 2
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Tasting Notes
Smooth, round, balanced acidity with a melange of fruit, mineral, and spice.
COLOR
Almost Clear
BODY
ACIDITY
SWEET
ALCOH.
13%
GRAPE(S)
Chenin Blanc, Viognier
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Why this wine made the cut…
It defies the expression you get what you pay for.
Swartland, South Africa
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Chenin Blanc
50% Shuh-NAN BLON
Chenin Blanc is often overlooked, but makes some of the most compelling white wines across Palate Character, including bone dry to sweet in style. Some of the best expressions come from France’s Loire Valley, and South Africa, which at their best are concentrated, crisp, sometimes long-lived, mineral driven wines that deserve more recognition for their high quality age-worthy whites.
Viognier
50% Vyo-NYAY
Viognier almost went extinct in the 1960s, but has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. Although grown around the word, it is most famous for the full bodied intensely aromatic floral white wines with a sometimes oily texture grown on granite terraces in Condrieu, and small amount to Syrah in Côte Rôtie, just north of Condrieu, adding aromatic complexity.
Country / State
South Africa
Region
Western Cape
Producer
A.A. Badenhorst
Vintage
2021
A. A. Badenhorst VineyardA. A. Badenhorst Vineyard

A. A. Badenhorst

Swartland

In 2008 cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst purchased the Kalmoesfontein property in the Paardeberg area of Swartland, South Africa, inspired to make natural wines by traditional methods. 

Adi & Hein BadenhorstAdi & Hein Badenhorst
A. A. Badenhorst Grape HarvestingA. A. Badenhorst Grape Harvesting

Now recognized as A.A. Badenhorst, these sustainably farmed and low-yielding old vines are planted and dry-farmed on mountainside granite slopes at various exposures, which brings variety to the terroir. The grapes are always picked by hand and fermented naturally in renovated cellars that date back to the 1930s. 

A.A. Badenhorst also sources grapes from like-minded growers to produce the Curator White Blend, the definition of “bang for the buck.” The energy and balance of the Curator highlights thoughtful sourcing and talented winemaking at a fantastic value.