On my birthday in May, I sought the help of Saturday Kitchen wine expert Olly Smith to choose a bottle to celebrate with. He suggested the Secateurs Chenin Blanc from South Africa (from Swig.co.uk, but currently unavailable) and it was superbly crisp and juicy. I found this cheaper option on offer in Morrison’s from the same producer, and thought it would be a sin not to try it.
The Kalander White, from the Swartland region of South Africa is made by highly-regarded winemaker Adi Badenhorst, who named this wine after his daughter. This blend is primarily Chenin blanc, with the trio of Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, and Viognier added to add complexity.
The ripe, juicy tropical flavours pack a punch, with good length. I could detect a delicate creamy/buttery taste and aroma, possibly from the use of oak, although “creamy edge” is the only hint on the label that suggests oak aging.
I loved the more expensive Secateurs Chenin Blanc, which was described as a Prosecco-loving friend as “the best white wine I’ve ever tasted”, but although this one didn’t have quite the same impression, it was still a joy to drink. A.A. Badenhorst also produce red wines including a Kalander blend, which I’ll seek out at some time in the future. Cheers Adi!
Currently available at Morrisons for the low price of £5.48 (Down from £7), a steal just in time for Christmas!