2012 A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines "The Curator" Red Blend Coastal Region

SKU #1237024 Wine Spectator

 A modest core of singed vanilla, plum and licorice notes is backed by a slightly firm thread of cedar on the finish. (Web-2015)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2016 | Send Email
Dusty red fruits, plum, red currant, smoked meat, some briary, brambly edges. Easy to love, a nice balance and completeness on the palate. A very authentic vinous quality, nothing artificial or manufactured about this budget bottle. Great for when you fire up the “Braai” aka the grill! Top value.
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Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/3/2016 | Send Email
The Curator is a red blend from the granite soils of Swartland, South Africa. Shiraz is the dominate varietal with some Cinsaut, Mourvedre, Grenache and tiny amounts of cool varietals like Tinta Barocca and Pinotage. This bright blend provides aromas of black cherry, meat, and blackberries. The palate tastes of red plums, currants and licorice, with a thread of spice throughout. This juicy and spicy blend is perfect for pork, beef or game.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14