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A. A. Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc
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A. A. Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2016

Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, South AfricaAdi Badenhorst is a champion of the Swartland, the region his family has family has been rooted in and growing in for generations. This wine is mostly from the family farm, Kalmoesfontein, on the granite soiled northern side of the Paaardeberg Mountain. Old unirrigated bushvines planted in the 60s-70s is picked over nearly two weeks, with fresh juice added to the already native ferment. Whole bunch pressed, 25 percent was fermented in older casks and large foudres, where it remained for seven months on full lees with occasional stirring. A splash of SA's rare and historic palomino is splashed in here, as is another historic and "secret" grape. Herbal lees lines the waxy palate, thick with herbal cream, fennel, honey roasted almonds, and brightened with meadow florals, lemon pith through a savoury, salted finish. Not about fruit, all about place, and amazing value for authentic wine.Tasted: 04 April 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 26.00 private wine shops AB 24.00 MB 23.00 Producer: A. A. BadenhorstDistributors: Lifford Wine and Spirits
Trialto Wine Group
Grape: Chenin BlancCSPC: 793729UPC: 899109002028