Grape(s): Shiraz Cinsault Grenache
Localization: Swartland, South Africa
Tasting Notes: This is the 9th vintage of Secateurs Red blend bottled under the Badenhorst Family Wines. The TheheftyCinsault component will ensure excellent aging and enough suppleness for drinking young. The aromas are perfumed, peppery, spicy, 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 and freshness to finish dry and refreshing. In the mouth, the texture and fineness of fruit tannin and drinkability of the wine are immediately evident.
The Domain: AA Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made, and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland appellation of South Africa. The 28 hectares of old bush vines grow in the Siebritskloof part of the Paardeberg mountain.
The property is owned by the dynamic and good-looking cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst. They are originally from Constantia. Their grandfather was the farm manager of Groot Constantia for 46 years. Their fathers were born there and farmed together in Constantia, during the days when people still ate fresh vegetables and Hanepoot grapes, drank Cinsault and there were a lot less traffic lights and hippies still had a presence. Together these two have restored a neglected cellar on the farm that was last used in the 1930s to make natural wines in the traditional manner.