One of South Africa's best producers. Tim Atkin MW agrees byawarding the wine 97-Points.
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After 20 harvests in South Africa, Rudiger Gretschel regards 2017 as the best vintage he's ever experienced. The quality of this world class Syrah would appear to bear him out. Dense, chewy and complex, it's a Cape Cornas, with dark, brooding damson and blackberry fruit, notes of tapenade and rosemary, subtle oak and a finish that lingers on the palate for a minute. 2022-32
The 2017 Reserve Red Biodynamic includes 35% whole bunch, matured in 225-liter French barrels. It is opulent and beautifully nuanced on a nose of blueberry, crème de cassis, crushed violets and iris that blossoms in the glass. The intense palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, flecks of dark chocolate and espresso and hints of curry leaf and wild fennel. Beautifully defined on the finish. This is a top-notch Syrah that will deserve 3–4 years in bottle.
Johan Reyneke is a true maverick of South Africa. After taking over the wine estate in 1998 from his mother, Johan decided to follow the biodynamic viticulture philosophies set out by Rudoph Steiner. Reyneke was therefore South Africa’s first biodynamic wine farm. No chemicals, no technological advancements and organic farming. Johan’s main aim has never been to create profit for himself but for people to enjoy his wines. Therefore, his wines are still very reasonably priced, especially at the Biodynamic Range which is outstanding.
Over the past 20 years, Reyneke’s reputation has grown with leading South Africa wine critic Tim Atkin MW classifying Reyneke as a First Growth. The praise from the international wine critics does not stop there. “I can vouchsafe the quality of these wines that are complex and thought-provoking, magically manifesting great fruit intensity” declares Neal Martin of Vinous; whilst Jancis Robinson praises the Reserve White as one of the world's most beautiful sauvignon blancs. “Get ahold of some and check them out. These are good and honest biodynamic wines that give pleasure now but can be held in the cellar for aging if you prefer more mature wines.” concludes Anthony Mueller from the Wine Advocate.