Stone Vine and Sun raves about the Secateurs Chenin 2009:
Here is a terrific wine we haven’t been able to recommend as we would have liked to, as most of our first shipment vanished very fast: we have just had more in from the Cape. It’s a wine which is ripe and rich enough to make a terrific aperitif, but also has weight and complexity to ensure it can stand up to strong-flavoured food, either fish or fowl.
We always said we would keep an eye on the ebullient, fascinatingly hairy, parrot-breeder Adie Badenhorst, who was the chief winemaker at Rustenberg. He surfaced last year with a decrepit winery and some family-owned land on the Paardeberg. This wine is from dry-farmed old Chenin Blanc vines in Swartland: to us it has a wonderful texture and displays exotic fruit with honey and even marzipan nuances, but here are a couple of press recommendations, the first from the August 2010 report of The Wine Gang, and the second by Jancis Robinson last year.
AA Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2009
Swartland, South Africa
Dry White (Screwcap), 14.0% abv
Secateurs, made from vines over 40 years old, is Adi Badenhorst’s second wine – second in the sense of ranking rather than chronology – and it’s both extremely good and good value. It’s rich and fleshy with tropical, peachy fruit and nutty richness lifted by vivacious citrus and mineral flavours.
One of this month’s Bunch of Five Best Value Wines
A A Badenhorst, Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2009 Swartland
8 Nov 2009 by JR
RS 2 g/l
A fabulous bargain. Very fresh, floral and honeyed with masses of intensity and flavour (presumably because of the age of the vines) but with a satisfyingly dry finish. VGV. 2009 to 2011. 17/20