2012 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Red Rhône Blend Swartland (Previously $15)

SKU #1224320 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Secateurs Red Blend has just nudged upward in my estimation since last year. Here, it has a very well-defined, quite sumptuous bouquet with vibrant raspberry, dark cherry and mineral notes that have really opened up in the last 12 months. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins. This is very well-balanced with great delineation on the finish. Drinking beautifully now. (NM)  (10/2014)

90 points Vinous

 Good medium red. Sexy aromas of cherry, orange peel and flowers, plus a bit of leathery funk and a touch of candied fruits. An attractive sweet/spicy midweight from vines picked on the early side. Substantial ripe tannins build with air. The pH here is 3.68. (ST)  (6/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 The Secateurs selections are always attractive wines, and this vintage red doesn't disappoint. Accents of minty cassis, licorice, black tea and leather frame the black berry and cherry core, while lingering suggestions of purple flowers, black tea and sweet spice unfold on the finish. (LB)  (4/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 *Very Good Value* Mid crimson. Sweet, round and charming on the nose. Lots of fruit on the mid palate and very refreshing. Whole bunch. Hugely sprightly and appetising. Clean finish. (JR)  (1/2015)

Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buy* Juicy and direct, with kirsch, red licorice, damson plum and violet notes, backed by a lively blood orange hint on the finish. Shiraz, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tinta Barocca, Pinotage, Mourvèdre, Carignane and Grenache. Drink now. 2,770 cases imported. –JM

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2016 | Send Email
A perennial favorite at K&L, this Rhône-inspired red blend hits the mark again. Lots of dark berry-cherry flavors but also lots of savory, meaty, smoky notes and toasted spices. Beautiful balance and a nice lift from the whole cluster fermentation.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2016 | Send Email
Tasted today. I am a fan of all of the Badenhorst wines as they are unusual, kind of funky and just plain delicious. The 2012 red Rhone blend starts out somewhat Pinot-esque with black cherry fruit and a little cranberry. As a bonus, there are lively mineral and citrus notes on the finish along with a hint of clay and tobacco. This wine pretty much has everything, including a low price.
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