Wine Advocate 90 points - 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. (Oct 2014)
Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2012 Secateurs Red Blend has abundant brambly black fruit on the nose tinged with briery and wild hedgerow. This is very natural, an unassuming bouquet, self-effacing about its fruitiness. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft entry: dusky blackberries, Chinese 5-spice mixed with cracked black pepper. It is very approachable toward the finish: a satisfying Swartland red that is so drinkable that you almost miss its complexity. Drink now-2016.