AA Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2018
|Region||South Africa, Swartland|
|Brand||AA Badenhorst Family Wines|
Wine & SpiritsDrought conditions followed by a cool harvest season produced a stunning version of Adi Badenhorst’s entry-level chenin. He took an unusual approach in 2018, harvesting the fruit over the course of 12 days and adding each day’s fruit to the already-fermenting musts. All of it was whole-bunch pressed, and one-quarter was fermented in old casks, the rest in tanks. Left on its lees for seven months with occasional stirring, the final wine is as deep and rich in flavor as its yellow hue predicts: It moves from waxy apple flavors to mango, wildflower honey and tangerine. It feels all of a piece, bright acidity holding the flavors taut and firm, a large-boned chenin fit for a crown roast of pork.
Wine AdvocateUnder stelvin closure, the 2018 Secateurs Chenin Blanc is a pale straw color and has a subtle and slightly muted nose that hints at apples, citrus and soft peaches. It's a value-driven wine that offers a cheap and cheerful expression. It is lively and correct for a medium-bodied wine. For a couple of bucks, it's good, and it is clear to see the commercial appeal. The wine was aged in old foudres and concrete tanks.
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