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Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2008

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Lunch yesterday was at Pete Goffe-Wood’s  Wild Woods bistro and bar next to the Chapman’s Peak Hotel in Hout Bay. The menu advises that “everything is cooked from scratch” and the food took a good while to emerge from the kitchen. This gave us plenty of time to peruse the winelist and Goffe- Wood deserves credit for an interesting and well-priced selection.

We fell upon the Chenin Blanc on the winelist which offered particularly good value, Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs 2009 at R95 a bottle and Final Cut 2008 at R105 a bottle.

Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2009
Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2009

The former is made by Adi Badenhorst, previously of Rustenberg in Stellenbosch, but now running his own operation in the Swartland. The latter is made by Teddy Hall, four-time winner of the WINE magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge in collaboration with Iain and Julie Anderson of Winefilms.co.za.

Both were in a rich, broad, oxidative style, and a good accompaniment to Goffe-Wood’s sauté of free-range chicken livers with tomato, chorizo and chilli. While I preferred the Final Cut 2008 because of its brighter acidity, the rest of the table preferred the Secateurs 2009 precisely because its acidity was so much more gentle. Critics and punters – never the twain shall meet?

A highlight of the meal was the homemade petit blanc cheese with toast and onion marmalade. Either Chenin Blanc would have been a good accompaniment but by then we had moved on to the Felicité Pinot Noir made by Gordon and Nadia Newton Johnson, all red fruit, fresh acidity and soft tannins and again excellent value at R105 a bottle off the winelist.

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