Secateurs Red Blend 2016


Secateurs Red Blend

Product code
12 x 750ml
Listing type
South Africa
Regulated designation
Wine of origin (WO)
Western Cape
Coastal Region, Swartland
Winery's website

About this winery

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,...

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Notes about product

The grapes are sourced from the Badenhorst family farm, Kalmoesfontein, which is situated on the northern side of the Paardeberg Mountain. All of the grapes come from from old, un-irrigated mountainsloped bushvines that are grown on a variety of granite soils.

Winemaking notes

The grapes are hand-picked, chilled overnight, then crushed into open concrete tanks for natural fermentation, which lasts around 2 weeks. The tanks are punched down twice daily during this time. The finished wine is run off into old casks, foudres and concrete tanks, and left on its lees for 12 months before being bottled. The wine was was lightly filtered but not fined.

Tasting notes

The wine has perfumed, peppery, spicy and smokey aromas, with ripe red fruit notes. The palate is supple and smooth on the entry but has enough grip and freshness to finish dry and refreshing.

Press reviews

Tim Atkin MW

- 91 points -

September 2018

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.

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- 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.

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