Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2012 Secateurs Red Blend has abundant brambly black fruit on the nose tinged with briery and wild hedgerow. This is very natural, an unassuming bouquet, self-effacing about its fruitiness. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft entry: dusky blackberries, Chinese 5-spice mixed with cracked black pepper. It is very approachable toward the finish: a satisfying Swartland red that is so drinkable that you almost miss its complexity. Drink now-2016.
AA Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland appellation of South Africa. The 28ha of old bushvines grow in the Siebritskloof part of the Paardeberg mountain. Andre Adriaan Badenhorst's grandfather was the general manager at Groot Constantia for 46 years. His father was born there and farmed on neighboring Buitenverwachting and Constantia Uitsig for many years. Adi grew up between the vineyards and spent his time picking (stealing) grapes. "It all started when Jean Daneel, then winemaker at Buitenverwachting, let me make my first wine when I was thirteen," Adi recalls. Today Adi Badenhorst is an award winning winemaker, member of the Cape Winemakers Guild, founding member of the Swartland Revolution and Swartland Independent. A blend of Shiraz, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre and Pinotage. "The 2011 Secateurs Red Blend has light raspberry, briary and tertiary scented bouquet that is vibrant and demonstrates wonderful clarity. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh, ripe redcurrant and wild strawberry fruit. It is very pure with supple tannins and a refined, natural finish. This is beautifully crafted courtesy of the inimitable Mr. Badenhorst. Drink now-2015." - Parker
|AA Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland appellation of South Africa. The 28ha of old bushvines 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 1930’s to make natural wines in the traditional manner.