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Looking for a white wine to please all your guests? This South African Chenin Blanc fits the bill. Brimming with tropical fruit yet no oak and a crisp, citrus finish.  

 
 

Jane Boyce MW, JN Wine

      This product is eligible for 10% discount when 12x75cl bottles are purchased (excludes En Primeur wines and all pre-mixed cases / special offers)
      Tasting Notes
      Most of the Secateurs Chenin vines were planted the 1960s and tend to yield around 4 tons/hectare. The first Secateurs Chenin Blanc bottled under the Badenhorst Family Wines range was in 2009 and marked the start of a continuing affair with this most wonderful grape. The wine spends some time on its lees in concrete tanks and this important part of the maturation of the wine shows in the incredible texture and palate weight of this wine. The aromas are flinty with honey, orange blossom and white stone fruit notes.

      Asked to recommend a great value "crowd pleaser" to buy by the case and pass out to neighbours top wine commentator Jancis Robinson replied: "A A Badenhorst Secateurs Blend, red or white, from South Africa. (JR in reply to Washington Post interview, 5 Dec 2013). Further to that Jancis recently added; Easy and mouthfilling. Tangy and definitely Chenin. A great introduction to New Wave South African wine!

      Our customers seem to agree, with Secateurs red and white consistently among our best sellers.

      Wine Facts

      Grape Variety
      Chenin Blanc
      Country
      South Africa
      Region
      Swartland
      Vintage
      2016
      Colour
      White
      Type (Still/Sparkling)
      Still
      Provenance (Old/New World)
      New World
      Body Style
      Medium Bodied White
      Sweetness
      Dry
      Drinking Stage
      Drink
      Organic
      No
      Biodynamic
      No
      Vegan
      Yes
      Producer Notes
       
      AA Badenhorst Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa
       
      Size of vineyards 
      28ha lanted
       
      Winemaker 
      Adi Badenhorst
       
      The history/story of the vineyard.
      Christof studied Business Administration at Vienna University intent on pursuing a career in banking.  His astute business sense alerted him to the fact that working in his father’s wine business during his studies enhanced his financial and, naturally, his social quality of life no end! During his first university vacation  in 1997 he travelled to wine fairs in the USA, Panama and Italy.  By the end of the summer he had experienced the challenges and excitement of his first harvest.  Before he knew it he was hooked, dreams of banking a distant memory.  The next summer breaks were filled with internships at wineries in Sonoma, Carmernet, Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River and Graf Hardegg, Austria. Christof was keen to learn as much about different wine making techniques across the world.  An OIV wine marketing programme at UC Davies and visits to the wine regions of South Africa helped round of his training.  
      15 years on he owns and runs Hoepler a  47 hectare estate on the slopes of the Leitaberg Hills on the shores of the Neusieedlee Lake in Austria. This unique microclimate enables Hoepler to make white, red and dessert wines. Hoepler exports 70% of its  wine to 35 States in USA, UK, Holland, the Baltics and Scandinavia.  Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, the Queen Mary II, The Estonian Prime Minster and the famous von Trapp Family Lodge of Sound of Music fame are just some of his more well known customers.  His wines have won numerous Gold medals at the International Wine Challenge in London, the AWC, Vienna, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast in the USA and he even won 99 points by Wine Enthusiast for his dessert wine, something he is still trying to top!  Christof lectures at the University of Applied Sciences in Krems, Austria. 
      We purchased the farm in 2007 and have worked tirelessly in the vineyards and winery since then. We now have the finest vineyards and sites in our area. New plantings will commence in 2016 and 2017 of varieties such as Carignan, Alicante, Tinta Barocca, Bastardo, Pontac, Cinsault, Grenache on the red side. More Chenin Blanc, Macabeau, Grenache Gris and Palomino will make the white plantings. The above varieties will be co-planted.
       
      Viticulture
      All old bushvines grown in deep granitic soils on the Paardeberg Mountain range. The oldest Grenache and Cinsault vineyards in the Swartland are on this farm.  Very old chenin blanc too. No irrigation is used. No pesticides, herbicides either. Vineyard nutrition is via N producing cover crops and cattle manure. We are sustainable socially and environmentally.
       
      Winemaking style/philosophy.
      We work with old vineyards that are able better to express their site and climatic variations annually. In the cellar very little is done other than to extract the juice from the berries by whole bunch pressing the white grapes. The reds are whole bunch fermented as co-fermentations and left on the skins for a lengthy maceration. Only sulphur is added to the wine. Nothing else other than, when needed, a coarse filtration before bottling.
       
       
       
       

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