Reyneke Reserve White Sauvignon Blanc 2017

0,75 l, a Sauvignon Blanc Dry White Table wine from South Africa. Alcohol content: 13,0%, grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc

Article number: 94
Availability: In stock

€29,00 Incl. tax
Grundpreis: €36,20 / Liter

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Alkoholgrad: 13,0% vol.
Allergene: Sulfite, Spuren von Eiweiß
Abfüller/Erzeuger: Reyneke Wines, Uitzicht Farm, Polkadraai Road (M12), Vlottenburg, Stellenbosch, 7604, Südafrika


2013 Reyneke Reserve White
A Sauvignon Blanc Dry White Table wine from
South Africa, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Source #215
Oct 2014
Neal Martin
Drink: 2015 - 2025
Current (Release) Cost
$43-$45 (50)
The 2013 Reserve White was cropped lower due to wind disturbance during flowering but there was no heat wave in February, so the véraison passed evenly. It is raised in 80% new oak and 20% used (300-liter Saury). It has a very harmonious and succinct bouquet with touches of lemon rind, chalk dust and watermelon. The palate is very well balanced and you can hardly tell the new oak allowing the minerality to come through. It is very precise on the finish, but does not linger more than necessary. Excellent – perhaps a little “punchier” than the 2012, though perhaps not quite as graceful.

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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