Reyneke, Biodynamic Syrah 2018 Bottle size: 750mlSouth Africa, Stellenbosch
'Tightly coiled 2018, with distinct white pepper spicing. Darker-toned ripe fruit but fresh, showcasing benefits of biodynamic farming in challenging years. As previous, some whole bunches, & old-oak matured 14 months, enhancing dry chalky impression. Deserves ageing.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (94/100)
'Made with fruit from two parcels on granite soils, this deeply coloured Syrah shows the class of the Polkadraai area for this classic Rhône variety. Firm, sinewy and complex, it has notes of fresh blood and fynbos, sappy tannins and layered black cherry and blackberry fruit. Drink 2022-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 92/100
'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.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 91/100
|Technical analysis||RS: 2.2 g/L | TA: 4.9 g/L | PH: 3.76|
|Variety||Shiraz / Syrah|
|Blend information||100% Shiraz / Syrah|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Reyneke is one of 5 Stellenbosch properties to get First Growth status in Tim Atkin's 2017 SA Report. Reyneke farm began in 1863 when it was then named 'Uitzicht', meaning 'view'. It is located overlooking Stellenbosch and False Bay with north, south and east facing slopes. Reyneke is certified organic and biodynamic and follows sustainable practices in everything they do. 'Their wines demonstrate the care they take, not infallible wines, rather honest and personality-driven wines that are distinctive, as much cerebral as sensory experiences,' says Neal Martin.|
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JS: James Suckling | JR: JancisRobinson.com | JD: Jeb Dunnuck | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator