Reyneke Syrah 2018

By , 13 January 2021



Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch is an increasingly celebrated producer, the standard-label Syrah championed by many as offering exceptional quality relative to price.

What of the current-release 2018? Winemaking involved 30% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation lasting 14 months in older barrels and foudre before another three months in tank. The nose shows red fruit, white pepper and fynbos while the palate is light-bodied with fresh acidity and crunchy tannins, the finish nicely dry. It’s delicious, but you wouldn’t necessarily call it profound and the pricing is probably appropriate at R210 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 91/100.

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    Gal Gestin | 11 February 2021

    Agreed, David. But no need to pay R200+ on a normal Thursday night.

    Chris Prins | 20 January 2021

    Good comments. We must however remember that people purchase wine depending on their income. The average worker in South Africa cannot afford + R200 bottels of wine. I have travelled to many places in the world. Purchased nice wine in Spain for €1.95, recieved two medals. So yes easy to get hang up on the price. I do like to open a + R200 bottle of wine on a special a occasion with a wine lover friend. But for everyday there is no problem to get a nice drinking wine for say + R50

    JamesB | 14 January 2021

    Errmm @gerhard, have you had the privilege of tasting a paul sauer, any eben sadie wine, lismore, to name but only a handful? You cannot begin to compare these with a wine in the range of R50-R90.

    Billabong | 14 January 2021

    Some of the wines between R200-R500 are exceptional. The quality to price ratio, generally doesn’t improve, the further you go above the R500 mark.

    Gerhard Meyer | 13 January 2021

    In South Africa nobody needs to buy wine at +R200. We have exceptional wines at between R50 to R90….

      AB | 14 January 2021

      It’s that mentality that’s killing grape farmers. South Africans need to realise you need to pay more for good wine.

      Top Wine SA | 15 January 2021

      The average price for top SA Shiraz with an established track record is around R240pb. It’s now very challenging to find the good stuff at under R100, although there’s the current-release of the Brink Family from Pulpit Rock in Riebeek West at R80, Darling Cellars Black Granite at R65…

      Top Wine SA | 15 January 2021

      Actually, the average price of the Top 10 Shiraz in terms of best track records is now up to around R288pb, with the lowest-priced of the best-value offerings being De Grendel at R200… Ten years ago the average price of the Top 10 was already around R193, albeit with Raka Biography on offer at R75pb!

      Gideon Steyn | 20 January 2021

      Could not agree with you more…We are spoiled with good wines around 100ZAR!

      David Smith | 24 January 2021

      Sorry to say buy I have been looking hard and long for an “exceptional” bottle of wine below R100 (your quote) and quite frankly I do not believe that there is such a thing in South Africa. If I am mistaken perhaps you could provide us with some names.

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