Having judged at the fourth annual Nedbank Green Wine Awards over the last two days (results due on 15 November), I was in a “hey, shoo wow” frame of mind last night and decided to open a bottle of Reserve White 2009 from biodynamic producer Reyneke in Stellenbosch.
From Sauvignon Blanc, it spent 16 months in oak, 80% new. Rich and broad with moderate acidity, it had that honeydew melon character which seems to be more and more to the fore on the better examples of local Sauvignon plus a little white pepper on the finish. An interesting bottle of wine but not quite in the same league as this property’s Chenin Blanc, a two-time past winner of best white and best wine overall at the Green Wine Awards. Score: 16.5/20.