Adi Badenhorst produces some terrific values from old vineyards in South Africa’s Swartland region. His Curator white wine, based on chenin blanc, made my greatest values list of 2018. The Secateurs line, named for the shears vineyard workers use to harvest grapes, includes a chenin blanc, a rosé and this red based on the Cotes du Rhone blend of grapes. The wine is juicy and electric, with delicious savory notes of black fruits and spices. I tasted the 2018, which is just coming to market; the 2016 is still to be found on retail shelves. Don’t worry about the vintage. This is one producer to trust — and to buy whenever and wherever you see the wines. ABV: 13.5 percent.
Imported by Broadbent Selections, distributed by Winebow: Available in the District at MacArthur Beverages
Dave McIntyre The Washington Post