Top three wines of January 2017

Here are our three most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Intellego Kolbroek Syrah 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Mulderbosch 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Reyneke Reserve Red 2014 – 94 (read original review here)

February 1, 2017
by Christian
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Reyneke Reserve Red 2014

I confess that I’m not sure what to think of biodynamics – part of me thinks it’s bogus and another part of me finds it quite romantic. At the very least, it adds some intrigue to those producers who claim to abide by its tenets like Reyneke in Stellenbosch. Tasting notes and ratings for the […]

January 13, 2017
by Christian
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Reyneke Chenin Blanc 2015

The Chenin Blanc 2015 from biodynamic property Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch is a particularly sophisticated and demanding proposition. Grapes from the oldest vineyard on the property being in excess of 50 years old, the wine was fermented in a combination of second-fill 300-litre barrels and 2 500-litre foudre, maturation on the lees lasting 10 months […]

December 23, 2016
by Christian
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Reyneke Reserve White 2014

The Reserve White 2014 from biodynamic producer Reyneke in Stellenbosch is 100% Sauvignon Blanc, winemaking involving spontaneous fermentation and maturation involving nine months in 300-litre barrels, 100% new before three months in foudre and two months in tank. It shows white peach and some yeasty complexity and carries its oak very well. It’s more subtle […]

January 15, 2016
by Christian
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Reyneke Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The acclaimed Reserve White from biodynamic producer Reneke in Stellenbosch is, of course, a single-variety Sauvignon Blanc but there’s also a standard-label version. If you like your Sauvignon lean and racy, then this isn’t the wine for you. On the nose, white peach and some attractive fynbos character while the palate is pure, fresh and […]

January 13, 2016
by Christian
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Reyneke Reserve Red 2012

Another current-release Syrah which comes with meaningful endorsement behind it is the Reserve Red 2012 from Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch, founder of Grape.co.za Tim James nominating this as his red wine of 2014. Whereas it used to be a Cab/Shiraz blend, the 2012 consists of 100% Syrah assembled from “the most interesting and expressive barrels” […]

January 22, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: Grape variety of the year

I was wondering if I could find the energy, in the midst of late-year-in-Cape-Town torpor, to rustle up a list of my top local wines of the year… An alternative occurred to me: grape variety/style of the year. The answer to that is easy: shiraz/syrah. It’s not a revolution in wine-critical thought, of course, to […]

December 23, 2014
by Tim James
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Reyneke Reserve White 2013

Geeks like to scoff at Sauvignon Blanc for being excessively simple but while Reyneke Reserve White is entirely from this variety, the fact that it is made according to biodymanic principles, the wine undergoing spontaneous fermentation in barrel means even the obsessive wine enthusiast has been known to drink it. The 2013 shows lime, white […]

November 24, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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