Hailing from South Africa's Swartland region, about 30 miles north of Cape Town, this juicy white is produced by one of South Africa's biggest wine personalities, Adi Badenhorst, who comes from a long line of viticulturists. During a recent conversation I asked Adi what he wished more people knew about South African wines, his response, "Getting South Africa recognized as a serious producer of wine" and the proof my friends, is in the bottle.
Adi describes his "Secateurs" line of wines as "making up the worlds smallest cooperative. It's myself and two neighbors who don't speak a word of English." The term "secateurs" refers to the tools used to shape the vines during the winter months and pick the ripe grapes in the Summer. There's also a little picture of a jackal located on the right of the label which Adi pointed out, "lets you know when you've drank half the bottle and it's time to pass it on to your mate!"
This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc from vines planted in the 1960's on the Badenhorst farm, Kalmoesfontein. It's fermented partially in stainless steel and older French oak casks and left on the lees for a period of 7 months to enhance richness and body. The result is a refreshing and vibrant white with delicious notes of ripe peach, orange blossom and a hint of honey with a deliciously food-friendly acidity.
If you are a fan of light to medium bodied whites such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio this wine will be a revelation! It also paired brilliantly with Chef Lindsay Autry's Peach Salad with country ham and Brussels sprouts and homemade hot sauce.
92 points 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."
90 points Wine Spectator: "The 2012 Secateurs Chenin Blanc is bright and engaging, showing lots of white peach, Jonagold apple and Cavaillon melon notes, offset by a floral edge. The pure, unadorned finish sails on. Drink now. 15,000 cases made."
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