2013 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Chenin Blanc Swartland
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Secateurs Chenin Blanc, which comes from bush vines planted on granite slopes, has a pleasant, simple bouquet with dried lemon peel, a touch of marzipan and lime flower that is well-defined. The palate is well-balanced with a slight viscosity on the opening, but the feisty acidity then kicks in and lends the middle and finish satisfying tension and vibrancy. There is a pleasant bitter lemon twist on the aftertaste that drags you back for another sip. Great value - as always. Drink now. (NM)
TOP VALUE! The 2013 offers yellow apple, green melon, pear, chamomile and salted butter.
The Chenin Blanc grapes are mostly from our farm, Kalmoesfontein, situated on the northern side of the Paardeberg mountain. Our neighbour also supplies us with some exceptional old vine fruit - making us the world's smallest co-op! We maintain that high quality fruit comes from old un-irrigated bushvines grown on a variety of granite soils that are naturally low yielding. Most of our Chenin vines were planted the 1960's and tend to yield around 4 tons a hectare. The grapes are handpicked with great care and are whole bunch pressed to a settling tank. These vineyards were picked over about 10 days and each day fresh juice was added to the already fermenting tanks - this extended the alcoholic fermentation by about 20 days but was also very important in the complete integration of the wine as all the various vineyards or components were fermented together. Some of the juice is also fermented in older French oak casks. This wine spends 7 months on lees before being bottled with occasional lees stirring during this time. Our family has, for the last three generations, nurtured these vines so that they can produce fruit of integrity. The aromas are flinty with honey, orange blossom and white stone fruit notes.