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2012 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Chenin Blanc Swartland SKU #1125940

Price: $12.99

RP 92 WS 90
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K&L Notes

This magnificent wine is sourced from 50+ year old Chenin Blanc bush vines that are dry farmed, very low yielding and that transfer fantastic minerality to the wine. It was fermented in a combination of concrete tanks and old french oak barrels for added texture and palate weight. Winemaker Adi Badenhorst is a very charismatic guy who, alongside Eben Sadie, has put Swartland on the map. Outspoken, opinionated and talented, his charisma rubs off upon the wines he creates. Moreover, they are available at extremely affordable prices and serve as a perfect introduction to the delights of Adi’s and Swartland's wines. Recently highly reccomended in the SF Chronicle's feature on South African white wines: "This is Badenhorst's mid-tier wine, in this case Chenin from 1960s-era head-trained vines on granite, planted at the family farm near Paardeberg. Like great dry Muscadet, it outpaces the grape's reputation, showing a stark mineral presence, and then sasparilla, resin and a remarkable depth of citrus fruit."

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Staff Reviews

  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    10/10/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    I can't think of a single white wine in the store offering so much for so little money. The Secateurs Chenin Blanc from A A Badenhorst reminds me of the old vine Chenin Blanc of days gone past from Chalone. It has a solid medium body, great melon like aromas and flavors and plenty of refreshing acid on its long finish. This has enough in the middle for fans of Chardonnay, and enough intrigue for the most jaded wine fan. All of this for such a great price!!!
    Top Value!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    9/30/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    Lovely pure, balanced and immensely drinkable Chenin Blanc. This wine is such great value. It is entirely hand picked from 50+ year old bush vines in Swartland on South Africa's west coast. The fruit is gently pressed and fermented in a combination of tank and neutral french oak. The wine is driven by soft stone fruit flavors of ripe peach and yellow plum. Minerality coming from the deeply rooted old vines in decomposed granite soils adds another layer of intrigue. This wine is so supple and expressive, just a joy to drink.
    Top Value!
  • Jim Chanteloup
    By: Jim Chanteloup
    4/15/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a great value, and a wonderful introduction to South African Chenin Blanc.The fruit comes from bushvines planted in the 1960's and a some amount sees a little time in neutral oak for texture. The nose has notes of jasmine flower, honeysuckle, apricot, kumquat and honey. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with a round creamy texture and moderate "lemony" acidity that has a persistent finsih.

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