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Having Fun With the 2011 Badenhorst, Chenin Blanc


The 2011 Badenhorst, Secateurs, Chenin Blanc is pure fun.  I first tasted it at The Country Vintner Portfolio Tasting this spring.  There I tasted through a range of Badenhorst Family Wines which were poured by Adi Badenhorst himself.   This wine captures the essence of Adi’s jovial and friendly personality as well as his deep-rooted history with vineyards and wine making.  This Secateurs selection is part of the introductory line and a strong wine at that.  I recommend that you pick up a few bottles to drink outside while you grill up lunch or dinner.  Just make sure you do not drink it too cold.  This bottle was purchased at Wishing Well Liquors.

2011 Badenhorst Family Wines, Secateurs, Chenin Blanc – $17
Imported by Broadbent Selections.  This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc sourced from old vines, a good deal of which are 50 years old.  The fruit is harvested over 12 days which is added daily to the already fermenting fruit in concrete tank and older French oak casks.  It is then aged for seven months on the gross lees.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The color is a light yellow-straw.  The light nose reminds me of yellow citrus and indigenous yeast aromas.  In the mouth the citrus flavors are fresh with moderately creamy mouthfeel, yeast notes, and ripe, gravelly flavors.  With air this medium to full-bodied wine reveals spices and yellow fruit all delivered with a honied mouthfeel.  *** Now-2016.

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  1. March 4, 2013 at 8:32 am

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