The Sour Grape

A.A.Badenhorst ‘Secateurs’ Chenin Blanc 2010

A showcase for just how good Chenin Blanc from South Africa can be.

A showcase for just how good Chenin Blanc from South Africa can be.

South Africa’s become a home away from home for Chenin Blanc and this wine is a great example of it. Intense concentrated fruit aromas (citrus, peach) and a honeyed edge lead to a medium full bodied weight on the palate that has a wonderful glycerol texture to it, full of stone fruit and buttery complexity. A decent acidity provides a fresh backbone to slice through the weight of the wine and keep you coming back for more after the long tropical/savory finish (banana, butter, almond & yeasty goodness). Around 8% of this wine has been aged in large old casks but the effect on the wine is in its complex texture and buttery edge, rather than marking the wine overtly, leaving the fruit front and center. This is the 2010 vintage and in the couple of years I’ve been holding on to it, it’s developed a savory tomato note to its aroma and deepened it’s buttery complexity and fruit intensity impressively. Drink the 2013 vintage now or in a couple of years… the choice is yours! £11.99 from the Oxford Wine Company.

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