Sustainability is set to become the most important fine wine trend in the coming decade. There’s been a huge swing towards producing wines with the least impact on our already fragile environment. It…

Sustainability is set to become the most important fine wine trend in the coming decade. There’s been a huge swing towards producing wines with the least impact on our already fragile environment. It takes commitment and time and no other producer in SA has shown more commitment or put in more time than Reyneke.

The Reserve Red and White are impressive trailblazers – not only as biodynamic wines but as wines that highlight the incredible potential of Polkadraai, Stellenbosch. The highly-rated 2017 Reserve Red (Syrah) and 2017 Reserve White (Sauvignon Blanc) are fine and charactered wines, capturing the purity that established organic and biodynamic vineyards offer.

Reyneke not only aims to be sustainable, but also self-sufficient. Twenty years of biodynamic farming has created the perfect balance between vine and environment, culminating in their finest releases to date. Watch the video below to find out more.

In the future it will be an expectation that the only way in which to produce great wines is to farm sustainably. This is already evident if you look to the world’s finest wine appellations.


BIODYNAMIC RANGE

Besides their stellar reserve wines, Reyneke also has a biodynamic range which offers spectacular value! The Reyneke Syrah is a long-time Wine Cellar favourite. The Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, both from the stunning 2019 white vintage, showcase wonderful refinement and purity. And the 2017 Cornerstone, a Cabernet-based, Bordeaux blend, offers particular value with a rich core of fruit.

ORGANIC RANGE

Want to have your sustainable wine on a daily basis? Reyneke also producers a range of 4 organic wines for everyday drinking. These are produced from organically grown fruit, sourced from various vineyards across the Cape. We are biased towards the 2019 Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon as it is seriously good! As well as the 2020 Chenin Blanc which is fresh and pithy with good fruit density. See our ‘pick & mix’ selections below and build a pack to suit your tastes.

 

Tasting notes:

Reyneke, Reserve Red 2017
After 20 harvests in South Africa, Rudiger Gretschel regards 2017 as the best vintage he’s ever experienced. The quality of this world class Syrah would appear to bear him out. Dense, chewy and complex, it’s a Cape Cornas, with dark, brooding damson and blackberry fruit, notes of tapenade and rosemary, subtle oak and a finish that lingers on the palate for a minute. Drink 2022-32. – Tim Atkin MW, 97/100

A triumph for biodynamic & organic viticulture, from single syrah vineyard. 35% bunch-pressed 2017 intense, elegant & fresh, with characteristic white pepper & scrub. More concentration than Biodynamic sibling of this vintage, & even finer than 2016 (4.5 stars, 94 pts). Will develop. – Platter’s Guide, 5* (95/100)

Reyneke, Reserve White 2017
This brilliant, barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc comes from the top part of the Willow Spring parcel and is the latest in a line of brilliant releases under this label. Saline, pithy and flinty with hints of nettle and elderflower, fine oak and a finish that goes on for ever. Drink 2019-2027. – Tim Atkin MW, 96/100

Elegant expression of sauvignon in 2017, mostly new oak vs older wood for Biodynamic sibling. This a much more outgoing personality, with white peach, florals & lime, developing more yeasty almond nuances on palate. Both vibrant & quite textural courtesy lees contact. – Platter’s Guide, 4.5* (93/100)

 

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