Yesterday a visit to Reyneke Wines, winner of the best wine overall from organically grown grapes in the Nedbank Green Wine Awards in 2010 and 2011. This property remains the only one in South Africa to be certified biodynamic and though this approach still attracts scepticism from some quarters, it’s difficult to argue with the quality in the bottle.
I tasted the very good Reserve White 2010 (R150 a bottle) and Reserve Red 2009 (R300) with viticulturist Johan Reyneke and winemaker Rudiger Gretschel but it was the Syrah 2010 at R80 a bottle that blew me away in terms of the fantastic quality relative to price it offers.
Reyneke Reserve White 2010
Sauvignon Blanc, 16 months in French oak, approximately 80% new. Hint of reduction, tangerine, green melon and yellow peach aromas and flavours. Broad in structure with tangy acidity. Lots going on but already quite open and oak starting to become a distraction. Score: 16.5/20.
Reyneke Reserve Red 2009
90% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah matured in 60% foudre, 40% second fill French barrels, Cab matured in French barrels, 100% new, 24 months. Initially closed on the nose but with time in glass opens to reveal red and black fruit, fynbos and attractive oak. Rich and full but currently very unrevealing – a real slow-burner. Fresh acidity and firm but fine tannins. Drink 2014 – 2019. Score: 17/20.
Reyneke Syrah 2010
65% French barrel, 45% foudre, 16 months. Intensely perfumed nose showing red fruit, pepper and lavender. The palate is medium bodied with great purity and freshness. Fine, spicy tannins. Perhaps not profound but oh, so sexy. Score: 16.5/20.