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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,...
- 91 Points -
One of those wines that you often find yourself plumping for if it’s on a wine list, this old
wood-aged cuvée of Shiraz with Cinsault and Grenache is a triumph of the blender’s art.
Spicy and aromatic, with bright, crunchy raspberry and red cherry fruit and a nip of tannin.
- 90 Points -
Neal Martin, August 2018
The 2016 Secateurs Red is a blend of mainly Shiraz with Cinsault and Grenache, although from 2017 it will shimmy over to a more Cinsault-dominated blend. It has an attractive bouquet of cranberry, wild strawberry and a light ferrous note - fresh and very alluring. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin and crisp acidity, and sappy in the mouth, offering ample red berry fruit laced with black tea and sage toward the finish. Factor in the price and you can understand why this sells a lot of cases in the United States and the UK. Superb.See detailed press review