badenhorst chenin blanc secateurs 2022 750ml
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The vineyards – Mostly old bushvines planted in the 1950’s and 1960’s to Chenin Blanc, Cinsault and Grenache. The vines are unirrigated and farmed as biologically as possible. The vineyards are planted on north, east, and south facing slopes bringing tremendous variety to the fruit. Fruit from other selected sites within the appellation are also purchased to complete the final blends.
The soils – Three distinct types of granites are found here, namely the Paardeberg-, Lammershoek- and Lemoenfontein-type plus different sub-surface geology including clay, weathered granite and some serious shale.
The winemaking – All fruit, red and white, is whole bunch-handled so no crushing or destemming takes place. The whites are transferred directly to old casks or into concrete tanks for fermentation and aging. The red grapes are fermented in concrete tanks and open wooden kuipe. The post-fermentation maceration is lengthy – up to 4 months -whereafter the wines are put to cask or 4000L foudres. No additions are done to the grapes other than sulfur before and after fermentation.
Our inspiration – The great old wines of South Africa and the discarded varietals, the bottles of which can be found in the forgotten corners of old cellars before modern methods and fame came along and changed the purity of the wines.
Chenin Blanc has a lot of structure on it’s own, but this wine has a tiny bit of Semillon and Grenache Blanc added to round it off. The aromas are flinty with honey, orange blossom and white stone fruit notes.
92 points, Wine Spectator
"Gauzy and deeply golden in hue, this skin-contact version offers steeped raspberry and poached apricot fruit, with notes of aromatic herbs, flowers and orange peel as well as hints of clove and graphite. Fresh and well-cut, with a lightly chalky finish. Chenin Blanc, Sémillon and Colombard. Drink now through 2027. 3,000 cases made."