6 PACK, 750ml BOTTLES, $25.99 EACH
A. A. Badenhorst Family Wines
SUB-REGION, REGION, COUNTRY
Swartland, Western Cape, South Africa
The grapes for this wine are mostly from our farm, Kalmoesfontei 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 highquality of fruit from un-irrigated bushvines grown on a variety of granite soils that are naturally low yielding. Most of our Chenin vines were planted in the late 1960's to mid-1970. The grapes are hand-picked over a period of 12 days and each day fresh juice is added to the already fermenting tanks. The wine is left on its lees for 7 months before being bottled with occasional lees stirring at this time.
Secateurs shape our bushvines during the winter pruning and are used to pick the ripe grapes in the summer. Our family has, for the last three generations, nurtured our vines so that they can produce fruit of integrity. The first Secateurs Chenin Blanc bottled under the Badenhorst Family Wines range was in 2009 and was the start of a lifelong affair with this most wonderful grape.
The 2020 spent time on its lees in concrete tanks and old casks -- this is an important part of the maturation and gives incredible texture and palate weight to the wine. The aromas are flinty with honey, orange blossom and white stone fruit notes. The 2020 vintage was characterized by a long ripening period in mild conditions and has the effect of good ripe flavours and fresher acidity than in previous years.