Reyneke Reserve Red 2016

0,75 l, a Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from Stellenbosch, South Africa, alcohol content: 14,0%, grape variety: 60% Syrah and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Alkoholgrad: 14,0% vol.
Allergene: Sulfite, Spuren von Eiweiß
Abfüller/Erzeuger: Reyneke Wines, Uitzicht Farm, Polkadraai Road (M12), Vlottenburg, Stellenbosch, 7604, Südafrika


 
2010 Reyneke Reserve Red
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from
South Africa, Stellenbosch, South Africa
 
         
Source
eRobertParker.com #215
Oct 2014
Reviewer
Neal Martin
Rating
93
Maturity
Drink: 2015 - 2025
Current (Release) Cost
(75)
The 2010 Reserve Red is 60% Syrah and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon - an increase in the Bordeaux variety. The Syrah is foot-crushed whole-cluster with destemmed fruit on top, the Cabernet matured in new barrel and the Syrah in second-fill. The floral elements of the Syrah dominate the bouquet that is very well defined – so much so that you would presuppose there was no Cabernet blended. The palate is very well balanced with a killer line of acidity that cuts through the structured fruit, the Cabernet cedar notes belatedly coming through on the finish. Superb. 

When I visited Reyneke, a vicious cold front was sweeping into the Cape. As the rain lashed down and the end of the world seemed nigh, winemaker Rudiger Gretschel, in his infinite wisdom, suggested we taste the Merlot from barrel. This entailed a 50-meter dash through the torrential rain that imperiled life and limb. Usually I would refuse. What if I caught a cold? However, I make an exception here since this is one of Stellenbosch’s finest estates and Rudiger one of its most conscientious winemakers. I did forewarn that I will sue if I did get a sniffle. The 40-hectare Reyneke estate in the Polkadraai Hills includes 30-hectares under vine, the remainder devoted to grazing and pasture. The soils are granitic with quartz pebbles. “Biodynamics makes sense here,” Rudiger explained to me as I was drying off. “The soils can be quite acidic, with a pH around 5.5. Now they are around 6.8 as we are getting life back into the soil, planting cover crops and building organic material from 1% to 4%. The oldest vineyard’s vines are Chenin Blanc that used to belong to our neighbors, around sixty years old. We have just pulled out the Pinotage that used to be planted next to the Chenin Blanc and we are looking to plant some Semillon and Sauvignon Gris there. The estate has been biodynamic since 2003 and certified since 2006 – I think still the only one in South Africa.” Repeating my invocation from previous reports, these wines can be stellar. They might not be the cheapest in the market but still, compared to what you can buy in other countries, you will not be disappointed because these wines fulfill both in a sensory and intellectual way. 

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