AA Badenhorst Secateurs Riviera

A delicate, approachable orange wine from the Badenhorst Family.

‘Riviera’ is a blend of Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc, which has spent around two weeks on the skins; just enough to qualify it as an orange wine, but not so much that it’s too harsh and funky.
For years this wine was blended into the regular Secateurs white - to add texture – but, being so delicious alone, Badenhorst decided to bottle it in its own right.
It’s juicy with peaches and bruised apples, aromatic with orange peel and a little spicy on the finish. Complex but far from scary.

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Wine TypeNatural wine
ClosureScrew Cap
Alc. Vol13.5
CountrySouth Africa
Grape VarietalChenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc

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What does skin-contact mean?

What does skin-contact mean?

Skin-contact wine, or orange wine, is white wine that has gained a darker, deeper colour due to the contact of the fermenting juice with the grape skins. This is the same process used in red wine making and gives the wine colour, flavour and texture. 

The process for skin-contact wine involves crushing white grapes and leaving them in contact with thier skins for days or even months, depending on the desired intensity. Because the colour pigments are found in the grape's skins, this gives the wine an orange hue.

Skin-contact wines have a long history. They first appeared in Georgia thousands of years ago, and were still made in Italy up until the 1960's when this wine making process then fell out of fashion as more fresh white wines dominated the market. They are now making a comeback, largely as part of the natural wine movement. 

What is Organic wine

What is Organic wine

Organic wine literally means the wine has been made from grapes which are farmed organically. This means no chemical fertilizers or herbisides have been used on the vineyard. 

Organic wine is defined as wine made with grapes farmed organically but this is just the first phase in organic wine making, the second phase invovles the fermentation and preservation process and this is also vital in definign organic wine. 

The defination of organic wine does vary country by country, in the US for example it is defined by the use or non use of perservatives such as sulphur but a seperate labeling system means a wine can be classed as Organic if the grapes are harvested from a 100% certifed farm even if sulphates are added at the winery. In the UK and Europe organic wine simply means that the grapes are farmed organically but to be certifed Organic the vineyards have to adopt specific practices throughout the winemaking process.