2012 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Chenin Blanc Swartland
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Secateurs Chenin Blanc has a light but pure bouquet with lemon peel, grapefruit and hints of wet wool. The palate is crisp and vibrant on the entry with touches of lanolin and litchi nuts. This is so well balanced – uncomplicated but delicious. Drink now.
Bright and engaging, with lots of white peach, Jonagold apple and Cavaillon melon notes offset by a bright floral edge. The pure, unadorned finish sails on. Drink now. 15,000 cases made.—J.M.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, light yellow. Peachy fruit salad and spice aromas are enlivened by grapefruit pith. Rich and silky, with a slightly sweet impression nicely countered by harmonious acidity. Round and fairly full in the mouth and still a bit youthfully aggressive. Finishes nicely dry, with hints of ripe stone fruits and quince.
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."