2015 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Red Rhône Blend Swartland

SKU #1361012 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Secateurs Red Blend, 71% Shiraz, 21% Cinsault and 8% Grenache, has a generous and well-defined bouquet of red plum, blackcurrant and dried rose petal aromas, revealing more black fruit as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, crisp acidity, more black than red fruit here with a slightly brittle but fresh as a daisy finish that belies the structure. It's one of the best Secateurs Red Blends that I have tasted. Drink Date: 2017-2023 (NM)  (4/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This Shiraz-based blend, with 21% Cinsault and 8% Grenache, offers earthy notes of fresh mint, white pepper and herbal fynbos, all spicing up the red cherry and raspberry fruit core. A delicate whiff of sweet smoke is seductive, while the palate offers more earthy notes of tilled earth and currant leaf that carry through to the finish. Fine but structured tannins lend a velvety texture. Drink now–2020. *Editors' Choice* (LB)  (4/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Pretty, with a mix of bitter cherry, blood orange and pomegranate fruit carried by dusty tannins and flecked by light pepper and anise notes. Shiraz, Cinsault and Grenache. (JM)  (12/2017)


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Rhone Blends

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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.