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A. A. Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc
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A. A. Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019

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. After whole bunch pressing (15% skin contact) this was fermented in older large foudre and concrete where it remained on full lees for seven months, with occasional stirring. Chenin's waxiness is on full display here, woven through wild meadow grasses, herbal citrus, wild orange, fennel, marcona almonds, on a plump, savoury bed of lees. Easy to understand and enjoy without being dumbed down at all, this youthful wine is all about representing Swartland chenin, and it does so expertly.Tasted: 24 May 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 26.00 private wine shops ON 24.00 consignment QC 19.00 SAQ Producer: A. A. BadenhorstDistributors: Lifford Wine and Spirits
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Grape: Chenin BlancCSPC: 793729UPC: 899109002028