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Not Quite the Last of the Summer Wines

AA Badenhorst Secateurs Rose 2017

There has been great debate, many hours wiled away, and quite a bit of this tantalising elixir consumed in the Swig office while trying to decide on the exact shade of the latest release of Adi's Rosé. Imogen has stuck firm on Farrow and Ball's 'Nancy's Blushes', whereas I'm plumping for 'Middleton Pink' and there are quite a few votes for 'Dog's Ear'. However, regardless of our varying degrees of colour blindness, we are all agreed that this is our favourite vintage yet. And it's not just the snazzy new label that's turned our heads; Adi has massively increased the percentage of Cinsault to 90%, ramping up those mouth-wateringly delicious lighter red fruits and pottering-through-a-summer-garden scented delights. The grapes come from very old, unirrigated vines grown on Adi’s farm in Kalmoesfontein, which sits on water-retaining granitic soil between the Paardeberg and Paarl Mountains. The Cinsault vines were planted in 1957, which make them some of the oldest in the country. There are few rosés anywhere in the world that can claim similar ancestry and certainly none at this price!

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