Reyneke Reserve Red 2019

By , 1 November 2022



The 2019 of the Reserve Red, the top-end Syrah from biodynamic grower Reyneke in Stellenbosch, comes much, much hyped but while I found it smart, I’m not sure it’s at the very pinnacle of what is being done with this variety in South Africa at the moment.

Dark berries, fynbos, cured meat and black pepper on the nose while the fruit on the palate is dense and succulent, the tannins crunchy. It ticks all the boxes but I thought it lacked X-factor and given that it costs R650 a bottle, I think there are other examples that offer better quality relative to price out there.

CE’s rating: 93/100.

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    BvR | 12 January 2023

    I would throw Trizanne Reserve (especially the 19) as well as Minimalist Stars in the Dark or No Place Like Home into the mix as well. All above 95pts IMO

    @windowintowine | 5 January 2023

    Other better examples please Christian!

      Christian Eedes | 5 January 2023

      Hi @windowintowine, Other better examples of Syrah that might still be commercially available:

      Damascene Cederberg 2021 – 94 points and R475
      Damascene Stellenbosch 2021 – 96 points and R475
      Damascene Swartland 2021 – 96 points and R475
      Iona Solace 2020 – 96 points and R330
      Mullineux Granite Jakkalsfontein Syrah 2020 – 97 points and R1175
      Mullineux Schist Roundstone Syrah 2020 – 96 points and R1175
      Mullineux Iron Kasteelsig Syrah 2020 – 96 points and R1175

      Last but not least: Eenzaamheid 2020 which was the Prescient Best in Category and Best Red Wine Overall last year – 96 points and R225

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