2010 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Red Rhone Blend Swartland

SKU #1108865 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 74% Shiraz, 10% Cinsault plus Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre aged for 14 months in old French casks, the entry-level 2010 Secateurs Red Blend has ripe raspberry, blackberry and wild hedgerow on the nose that is well defined and very natural. The palate is medium-bodied, supple on the entry with juicy bright red berries, raspberry, red currant and has a touch of citrus peel lending freshness and vitality... Adi Badenhorst is a name to drop when it comes to the future of South African wine. Along with Eben Sadie, he has been at the forefront of putting Swartland on the map. On the surface he has a devil-may-care attitude but underneath is a gifted winemaker who now suffuses his wines with that all-important ingredient. Personality. His winery located in Paardeberg, might look a bit cobbled together, but the wines that he vinifies from his 28-hectares of bush vine are individual and uncompromising and delicious.  (8/ 2011)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editor's Choice* A complex blend of 75% Shiraz, 10% Cinsault, 8% Cab Sauv, 6% Gren and 1% each of Carignan and Mourvèdre, this is a concentrated and flavorful selection that’s brimming with raspberry sauce and dark berry fruit aromas and flavors. Framed by black tea, sweet spice and vanilla bean accents, the mouth is firmly structured with medium tannins and acidity, ending on a soft, roasty note.  (5/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 Tasty, with plum cake, braised fig and mulled cherry notes all woven with a lacing of sweet tobacco. Rounded, open-knit finish. Shiraz, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre. (Web Only- 2012)

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