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AA BADENHORST - Klip Kop Steen

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The single-vineyard was planted in 1966on a rough, exposed granite outcrop. The 0.6ha yields around 1200L of juice. The name Klip Kop (“Rock Head”) is the original name of the site and refers to the granite rocks on this hill.

Vinification and elevage

Grapes are handpicked into picking crates and chilled overnight in a cool room. The parcel is pressed together without destemming and the juice is run-off directly to a very old 1200L foudreThe fermentation takes a few months to complete naturally. The wine stays on its gross lees for the entirety of its maturation thereafter it is bottled without any fining or filtration.


Alcohol 13%
Residual Sugar 2g/L
pH 3.64
Total Acidity (Tartaric) 4.6g/L
Total sulphur 98ppm

The juice always takes a long time to ferment and the resulting wine has a wonderful minerality to it. Obviously textured and deep in flavour because of the low yields and age of the vines. It has a complex flinty aromatic profile and we reckon it can age pretty well.

1400 bottles made