A while back I had enjoyed a glass of A.A. Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2009 in a fantastic restaurant in Philadelphia, so I was enthusiastic to give the Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2012 a pour. Cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst, who grew up on neighboring vineyards watching their grandfather and fathers manager the vineyards, own A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines. The 28 hectares of vineyards are located in the Swartland appellation of South Africa and consists of old vines planted in the 1950’s and 60’s. Award winning winemaker Adi Badenhorst practices sustainable farming and is part of the South African biodiversity project, over 300 trees are planted each year, the vines are not irrigated, and there are no additions to the grapes other than minimal sulphur. Secateurs is their second label, the grapes were sourced predominately from their vineyards and supplemented with old vine grapes from a neighbor.
Pale gold in colour with aromas of lemon, orange blossom and sea minerals. Bright flavours of lemon and peach were underscored by traces of smoked nuts and wet wool, whilst light honeysuckle and zippy ginger notes comprised the crisp finish. Engaging and refreshing, this is a delightful glass that will have you reaching for more.
Chenin Blanc [I could not verify varietal percentage]
Enjoy now thru 2016
Rated 92 points by the Wine Advocate
Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator