Reyneke, Reserve White 750ml 2017South Africa, Stellenbosch
'This brilliant, barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc comes from the top part of the Willow Spring parcel and is the latest in a line of brilliant releases under this label. Saline, pithy and flinty with hints of nettle and elderflower, fine oak and a finish that goes on for ever. Drink 2019-2027.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 96/100
'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.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 93/100
'Elegant expression of sauvignon in 2017, mostly new oak vs older wood for Biodynamic sibling. This a much more outgoing personality, with white peach, florals & lime, developing more yeasty almond nuances on palate. Both vibrant & quite textural courtesy lees contact.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)
'Layers of granny smith apple, quince, lime peel and a distinctive flintiness gives this wine a fresh and vibrant nose. The palate is structured and well balanced with great acidity. At the same time it is complex and layered with fruit and some floral notes which provide good texture and a lingering finish. An elegant wine which would be best rewarded with drinking from 2019 until 2027.' – Nuschka de Vos, Winemaker
Alc: 12% | RS: 1.5 g/L | TA: 6.5 g/L | PH: 3.12
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.
|Technical analysis||RS: 1.5 g/L | TA: 6.5 g/L | PH: 3.12|
|Blend information||100% Sauvignon Blanc|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
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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