Wine Advocate 90
"The 2012 Secateurs Red Blend has just nudged upward in my estimation since last year. Here, it has a very well-defined, quite sumptuous bouquet with vibrant raspberry, dark cherry and mineral notes that have really opened up in the last 12 months. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins. This is very well-balanced with great delineation on the finish. Drinking beautifully now."
"If I were to compile my top ten unforgettable winery visits anywhere in the world, it would include Mr. Badenhorst. Arriving at his charmingly chaotic and expanding abode, a mixture of student digs and artisan winemaker, I was instantly impressed by “Are You Experienced” blaring from the stereo - naturally from vinyl and not CD. Adi himself was in his kitchen in a scene straight from “Breaking Bad." Instead of manufacturing Class A, the multitudinous demijohns of marinating indigenous shrubs and herbs are Adi’s tools of research into discovering the lost recipe for “Caperatif”: an extinct South African spirit listed on cocktail lists at the Savoy in the early 1900s. It was actually educational to spend a few minutes sniffing through these demijohns before tasting through Adi’s recent releases. Whereas once upon a short time ago Adi's wines were as wild his beard, I think he has instilled more consistency across the range. Adis’ wines have grown up, but like the man himself, matured without dispensing their sense of edginess, the feral quality that makes these wines so distinctive. These are funky wines in a positive sense. In the past, there were occasionally slipups in the winemaking that were translated into the bottle, but I feel that this has been addressed without compromising the unique Badenhorst spirit. The entry-level Secateur range remains a fantastic value, while the top wines translate Swartland through Adi’s fuzzy logic and irresistible charm. Adi’s wines are intermittently brilliant and never boring." ~ Winery notes
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"AA Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland appellation of South Africa. The 28ha of old bushvines grow in the Siebritskloof part of the Paardeberg mountain.
The property is owned by the dynamic and good looking cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst. They are originally from Constantia. Their grandfather was the farm manager of Groot Constantia for 46 years. Their fathers were born there and farmed together in Constantia, during the days when people still ate fresh vegetables and Hanepoot grapes, drank Cinsault and there were a lot less traffic lights and hippies still had a presence. Together these two have restored a neglected cellar on the farm that was last used in the 1930?s to make natural wines in the traditional manner."