This is the 6th vintage of Secateurs Red blend bottled under the Badenhorst Family Wines. We are very happy with the quality of this wine and expect it to develop wonderfully over the next couple of years. The heafty Cinsault component will ensure excellent ageing and enough suppleness for drinking young. As you know most of the great old wines of the Cape had a good dollop of Cinsault in them – called Hermitake in those days! The aromas are perfumed, peppery, spicey, smokey and exhibit ripe red fruit notes. As always the palate texture of this style of wine is supple, smooth on the entry but with enough grip and freshness to finish dry and refreshing. In the mouth the texture and fineness of fruit tannin and drinkability of the wine is immediately evident.
AA Badenhorst - Secateurs Red Blend 2015
- Vineyards and vines: small parcels of selected fruit is sourced from various vineyards on our farm Kalmoesfontein and from neighbours with good tasting grapes. The 2012 vintage was beyond expectations in terms of quality and quantity, the yields were higher than usual, averaging around 5 tons/ha and 11200L was bottled from this harvest. Grapes: Shiraz , Cinsault , Tinta Barocca, Grenache and Mourvedre. Vinification: the grapes are sorted meticulously in the vineyard and transported in small picking boxes to a refrigerated container where they are left overnight to cool down. The following day the grapes are transferred to fermentation vessels made of concrete or wood. No grapes are crushed or de-stemmed and minimal sulfur is added at this stage. The grapes are then “foot stomped” to extract juice to assist the onset of natural fermentation. Once fermentation has started the tanks are pigeaged twice daily. The grapes fermented in closed concrete tanks are left on their skind for 6 months before pressing. Maturation: The wine was pressed into used 4000L casks for a maturation period of 16 months. During this time the wine was topped regularly but not racked until the final blends are made up before bottling.