South African Chenin Blanc is unfortunately often overcropped, resulting in wines that are pleasant, but don't have much character. Not so with this delicious Chenin from A.A. Badenhorst. They kept the gulpability, but the aromas of pear and honeysuckle are textbook Chenin. Its flavors sit somewhere between the refreshing citrus of Sauvignon Blanc and the roundness of Chardonnay, making it the perfect everyday white.
"This bounces along, delivering a range of yellow apple, green melon, pear, chamomile and salted butter notes that all take turns strutting their stuff. Fresh and engaging through the finish. Drink now. 12,000 cases made."
"The 2013 Secateurs Chenin Blanc, which comes from bush vines planted on granite slopes, has a pleasant, simple bouquet with dried lemon peel, a touch of marzipan and lime flower that is well-defined. The palate is well-balanced with a slight viscosity on the opening, but the feisty acidity then kicks in and lends the middle and finish satisfying tension and vibrancy. There is a pleasant bitter lemon twist on the aftertaste that drags you back for another sip. Great value - as always. Drink now. "
The Wine Advocate