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Scruffy-faced and ponytailed, Adi Badenhorst is one of the wine world's great characters. Formerly the winemaker at the renowned Stellenbosch estate Rustenberg, he comes from a family with a distinguished wine pedigree: his grandfather was the general manager at Groot Constantia for 46 years. In 2008 together with his cousin Hein he purchased a 60 acre farm which was in the middle of nowhere and had been abandoned since the 1930's. The idea was to make natural wines in the traditional manner,...
Secateurs – shape our bushvines during the winter pruning and are used to pick the ripe grapes in summer. Our family has, for the last three generations, nurtured our vines so that they can produce fruit of integrity.
This is the 4th vintage of Secateurs Red blend bottled under the Badenhorst Family Wines. We are very happy with the quality of this wine and expect it to develop wonderfully over the next couple of years. The heafty Cinsault component will ensure excellent ageing and enough suppleness for drinking young. As you know most of the great old wines of the Cape had a good dollop of Cinsault in them – called Hermitake in those days!
The aromas are perfumed, peppery, spicey, smokey and exhibit ripe red fruit notes. As always the palate texture of this style of wine is supple, smooth on the entry but with enough grip to end dry and refreshing. In the mouth the texture and fineness of fruit tannin and drinkability of the wine is immediately evident.
The grapes used are from our farm and from our neighbours excellent fruit. Most vines are mountain sloped bushvines. We maintain that high quality fruit comes from old un-irrigated bushvines grown on a variety of granite soils that are naturally low yielding.
All grapes are hand-picked, chilled overnight and then crushed into open concrete tanks for natural primary fermentation which lasts around two weeks. The tanks are pigeaged (foot stomped, with clean feet, normally!) twice daily during this time. The finished wine is run off into old casks and concrete tanks which have a low impact on the natural wine aromas and structures.
The blended wine was left on its gross lees in casks, foudres and concrete tanks for 12 months before being bottled. Before bottling the wine was lightly filtered but not fined.
- 90 Points -
Neal Martin, April 2017
The 2015 Secateurs Red Blend, 71% Shiraz, 21% Cinsault and 8% Grenache, has a generous and well-defined bouquet of red plum, blackcurrant and dried rose petal aromas, revealing more black fruit as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, crisp acidity, more black than red fruit here with a slightly brittle but fresh as a daisy finish that belies the structure. It's one of the best Secateurs Red Blends that I have tasted.
....His Secateurs continue to provide a superb, very well-priced entry into the joys of Swartland wine, both the white and red omnipresent in bistros looking for good quality, punter-friendly wines. In a benevolent vintage such as 2015, his 2015 Secateurs red is an absolute cracker.See detailed press review
- 90 Points -
- Editors' Choice -
This Shiraz-based blend, with 21% Cinsault and 8% Grenache, offers earthy notes of fresh mint, white pepper and herbal fynbos, all spicing up the red cherry and raspberry fruit core. A delicate whiff of sweet smoke is seductive, while the palate offers more earthy notes of tilled earth and currant leaf that carry through to the finish. Fine but structured tannins lend a velvety texture.See detailed press review