2021 A.A. Badenhorst, Secateurs Red, Swartland
AA Badenhorst Family Wines, situated in South Africa's Swartland appellation, spans 180ha with old bushvines on the Paardeberg Mountain. 1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£15.50 / Bottle£12.92 excl. VAT / Bottle
Owned by cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst, they revived a neglected 1930s cellar for traditional winemaking. The vineyards boast mainly 1950s-60s Chenin Blanc, Cinsault, and Grenache bushvines, cultivated without irrigation in a biologically friendly manner.
Grapes undergo whole bunch handling, whites fermenting in old casks or concrete tanks, while reds ferment in concrete tanks and open wooden kuipe with a lengthy post-fermentation maceration.
Minimal intervention is a hallmark, with only sulphur added before and after fermentation.
The Secateurs Red Blend captivates with expressive notes of blackcurrants and blackberries, offering a balanced palate with moderate acidity for a pleasantly soft mouthfeel. The wine finishes with lasting notes of blueberry, black currant, and subtle mineral notes from the granite-rich soils.