Reyneke Reserve White 2017

By , 25 May 2020

The good reputation of Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch grows and grows. The vineyards are, of course, farmed according to biodynamic principles and you have to wonder if this makes all the difference? At the very least, the resulting wines have a singularity about them not commonly found. Tasting notes and ratings for the current-release Reserves as follows:

Spartan.

Reyneke Reserve White 2017
Approximate retail price: R315
From 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Winemaking involves spontaneous fermentation before maturation lasting 12 months in 300-litre barrels, 95% new. Lemon and some smoky reduction feature predominantly on the nose but there are also notes of white peach, blackcurrant and herbs. The palate shows dense fruit matched by arresting acidity, the finish long and pithy (alcohol is 12.18%). Currently quite stern, this should benefit from a year or two in bottle.

CE’s rating: 93/100.

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Reyneke Reserve Red 2016
Approximate retail price: R570
From 100% Syrah. Winemaking involved 35% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 20 months in second-fill barrels. An attractive nose showing red fruit, white pepper, dried herbs, rose and lily. The palate, however, is rather austere and unyielding at present with a very savoury finish. Makes for quite cerebral rather than sensuous drinking.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

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