Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah 2012 vs Reyneke Organic Red 2012
By Christian Eedes, 12 June 2014
I was a huge fan of the maiden 2010 and 2011 vintages of the Biodynamic Syrah from Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch but there’s something decidedly odd about the current release 2012 (approximate retail price R90 to R100 a bottle). Black fruit and spice as you’d hope for but also tilled earth, dank vegetal notes and even mint. It’s rich and broad with moderate acidity and frankly lacks definition. Score: 84/100.
If you’re looking for everyday drinking with some personality then you’d be much better served by the Reyneke Organic Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (approximate retail price R55 to R60 a bottle). A blend of 92% Shiraz and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, grapes were sourced from organic vineyards around the Western Cape. It has a pretty nose of red fruit and fynbos while the palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity and lightly grippy tannins. Score: 86/100.