You could buy this by the pallet load and wouldn’t regret it! 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 I 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.
Most of the grapes come from the Swartland, a pioneering community north of Stellenbosch populated by ambitious young winemakers, and the feisty character of the region shines through in this wine. It freewheels across the palate with happy-go-lucky flavours of rich, ripe bramble fruits, lifted by perfumed top notes of spice, hillside herbs, cracked black pepper and wood smoke. It has an immediate drinkability factor but will also develop wonderfully over the next couple of years. Allow it to open up in the glass for a few minutes and drink with hearty fare like bangers and mash or cottage pie.
FROM THE PRESS
“The 2019 Secateurs, a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Shiraz, offers attractive mulberry, dark chocolate and fynbos scents on the nose that transport you directly to the wilds of the Capelands. Lovely definition and focus. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh opening. While the aromatics intimate a lush Swartland blend, this is in fact much stricter and more linear. Dark berry fruit, white pepper, sage and touches of curry leaf vie for attention, and the finish is both long and tender. Excellent considering the price.”Neal Martin SA Report 2021
“Also has a bit of Chenin in here, and some other varieties. Everything picked together. Juicy and bright with sour cherries, plums and fine herbs. There’s a really appealing red fruit quality. Delicious stuff.”Jamie Goode on the 2018