This transportive blend will take you directly to the wild, western cape of South Africa. This 8th vintage of the Secateurs Red Blend continues a tradition of early approachability without sacrificing age-worthiness. The aromas are perfumed and peppery with plenty of spice on the ripe red fruit. Smooth and supple at the first sip, this has enough grip and freshness to make for a dry, refreshing treat.
They're considered South Africa's next generation of winemakers, even though some of them are pushing 50+ years of age. They're men and women who were once making less refined swill at large, established South African wineries, who have branched out on their own. The droll, ruddy-faced Badenhorst cousins, Adi and Hein, are two such vintners. The self-proclaimed "dynamic and good looking" duo (you have to meet gray-haired, pony-tailed Adi to appreciate his dry, self-deprecating humor) recently restored a 1930s cellar and farm in the Swartland appellation and for the past few years have been making excellent red blends and Chenin Blanc whites from un-irrigated mountain bush vines planted in low-yielding granite soils. Following in the natural winemaking footsteps of their grandfather - and with the assistance of Adi's father today - they believe in dry farming and hand-harvests and age their wines on their lees in large casks, foudres and concrete tanks.