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2011 Secateurs Chenin Blanc 

Swartland, South Africa

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$14 Retail

Produced by the highly acclaimed A.A. Badenhorst Family Winery in the western Cape's Swartland region, this wine was made with grapes primarily from the family's farm with some fruit from neighboring vineyards. The grape plants average 40 years old, and hand-harvested grapes ferment in concrete tanks with a portion fermented in French oak casks. The wine rested on its lees seven months to allow for prolonged skin contact. In the glass, it offers aromas of grapefruit, orange blossom, lemon zest and flinty notes. On the palate, the medium-bodied wine exhibits crisp citrus and melon flavors, honey nuances and a stony minerality. Drink it with fish, shellfish, light meats and game dishes such as rabbit cassoulet, veal stew, pork sliders and roast quail with boudin stuffing, pasta dishes, Asian cuisines and mild cheeses. Buy it at: Keife & Co. Drink it at: Serendipity.

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