If you Google ‘Adi Badenhorst,’ you will discover a multitude of articles and pictures describing a bearded, charismatic maverick of wine-making. WineSpectator calls him ‘a wooly bear,’ WineAnorak describes him as ‘a showman, with a nice line in self-depreciation.’ He has even been featured by the Daily Mail: ‘the joker in Swartland.’
He sounds like a great guy, but how is his wine? Temptingly, it is impeccably well reviewed. Therefore, seeing his famously good value ‘Secateurs’ chenin blanc on offer at Swig.co.uk for only £8.05, I made the order and drank up.
Secateurs 2011, Chenin Blanc, Badenhorst Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa
Rich golden colour. Clearly viscous in the glass. Honeyed nose with obvious pear and peach fruit, along with pretty floral notes. The palate demonstrates rich peach fruit, salted butter, some watermelon. Brief warm mid palate transitioning into stoney minerality as the long saline finish begins. More than good value, this is complex, intense and exciting. Lovely acidity. 91 points (BP).
Learning point: I want to be Adi Badenhorst.