Vineyards and vines: The Chenin Blanc grapes used are from our farm, Kalmoesfontein, as well as our direct neighbours and are all mountain sloped bushvines. We maintain that high quality fruit comes from old un-irrigated bushvines grown on a variety of granite soils that are naturally low yielding. Most of our Chenin vines were planted the 1960s and tend to yield around 4 tons/hectare.
Grapes: Chenin Blanc
Vinification: The grapes are hand picked with great care and chilled overnight in a cold room. The following day they are whole bunch pressed to a settling tank. These vineyards were picked over a period of 12 days and each day fresh juice was added to the already fermenting tanks this extended the alcoholic fermentation by about 20 days but was also very important in the complete integration of the wine as all the various vineyards or components were fermented together. Some of the wine was also fermented in old casks this makes up around 8% of the final blend.
Maturation: This wine was left on its gross lees for 7 months before being bottled with occasional lees stirring during this time.
Residual Sugar 6.5 g/L
Total Acidity (Tartaric) 6.7g/L
Total sulphur 105ppm
Secateurs shape our bushvines during the winter pruning and are used to pick the ripe grapes in summer. Our family has, for the last three generations, nurtured our vines so that they can produce fruit of integrity. This is the second Secateurs Chenin Blanc bottled under the Badenhorst Family Wines range and continues the life long affair with this most wonderful grape. The 2010 spent time on its lees in concrete and steel tanks and some old casks which is a very important part of the maturation of the wine. Therefore it shows incredible texture and palate weight. The aromas are flinty with honey, orange blossom and white stone fruit notes.
All our wines are minimally fined and filtered so occasionally they will throw a harmless deposit. Enjoy!