AA Badenhorst Secateurs Red
PRODUCER: 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. 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.
WINEMAKING: All fruit is whole bunch-handled so no crushing or destemming takes place. The red grapes are fermented in concrete tanks and open wooden kuipe. The wine is then left aging for 7 months afterwhich is is lightly filtered but not fined.
TASTING NOTES: Lightly floral, currant-y nose – both dried currants and fresh redcurrants, strawberries, with some fine gratings of bittersweet dark choc and orange oil. There’s the merest hint of damask rose and spicy notes from the Shiraz as well.
What we so love about this red is how Adi has so deftly produced a wine with such drinkability and appeal, whilst not being one of those Beaujolais Nouveau-esque total fruit bombs that’s more drinkable than ribena. This might be light to medium bodied, but it’s certainly still a red wine with purpose. The palate is silken, succulent and persistent, and really rather irresistible.