2015 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Chenin Blanc Swartland

SKU #1247560 Jancis Robinson

 Easy and mouthfilling. Tangy and definitely Chenin. A great introduction to New Wave South African wine!  (9/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Secateurs Chenin Blanc has a slightly waxy, toffee apple-scented bouquet that perhaps lacks the complexity of some of the other vintages that I have tasted in the past. The palate is nicely balanced, quite primal in the mouth at first but settling down later on with lime cordial and peachy notes that deliver plenty of flavor. (NM)  (11/2015)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2016 | Send Email
Fantastic rich texture and body. Amazing how much textural power this wine delivers at such a value price point (without relying on oak). Flavors of yellow plum, apricot, golden pear, toasted honeyed grains, a nice lees note brings some savory flavor back in. Phenomenally easy to drink…no really…
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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2016 | Send Email
The first striking thing that comes to mind for this wine is the bright acidity. Peach and stone fruit flavors with that long finish of solid acidity. Delicious and not sweet. Will pair well with Thai food.

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.
Alcohol Content (%): 14