REYNEKE ORGANIC WINES RECEIVES A 2016 PLATTER’S 5-STAR RATING FOR ITS BIODYNAMIC SYRAH 2013
Reyneke Wines, the certified Organic and Biodynamic farm and winery located in the Polkadraai Hills of Stellenbosch, has received a coveted 5-star rating for its Biodynamic Syrah 2013 in the 2016 Platter’s South African Wine Guide.
This 5-star rating, in the latest edition of the authoritative and internationally recognized Platter’s wine guide, is Reyneke’s fifth Platter’s 5-star rating to date, but the first for the Biodynamic Syrah, described in the guide as “One of SA’s great-value shirazes, richly scented with dark spice, herbs & ripe berries: similar sweet-fruited enticements lengthily reprised in its generous succulence.”
A total of 83 five star wines, as well as three five star brandies and one five star husk spirit, are featured in the 2016 guide: this maximum rating reserved for wines that are “South African classics”.
The Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah is indeed a ‘South African classic’, having built up an enviable pedigree which includes an esteemed ‘Wine of the Week’ endorsement by internationally-acclaimed wine critic and writer, Jancis Robinson OBE, MW. Robinson says she was impressed by the entire Reyneke range she tasted at the estate on her last visit, but it was the Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah 2013 she was especially enthusiastic about “for its interest, charm and obvious integrity… the intensity of the red-fruit flavours and the ambitious structure and persistence,” She gave the Syrah what she says for her is a “massive” 17 out of 20 score.
Since the release of the maiden 2010 vintage, which Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin scored 94 points, the subsequent vintages of the Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah have received outstanding ratings from international wine critics like Tim Atkin (British Master of Wine), James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), Neal Martin (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate), Stephen Tanzer (American wine writer) and Jamie Goode (Wineanorak.com) and maintained a 4½ star Platter rating.
REYNEKE BIODYNAMIC SYRAH 2013
Winemaker’s Notes: The Syrah undergoes traditional-style fermentation in concrete Nomblot tanks; incorporating 35-40% whole bunches which are foot crushed. Spontaneous, natural fermentation occurs with minimal punch-downs and punch-overs. The wine spends 12 to 14 days on the skins before being racked into older French oak for 14 months maturation.
Tasting Notes: Uplifting bright sweet red plum fruit with layers of perfumed violets and red berry notes dominate the nose followed by subtle notes of fynbos, white pepper, cinnamon, liquorice and aniseed spice. The palate shows a lovely freshness and purity of red fruit with a fine, spicy tannin structure. Drink now or until 2020.
Retail Price: The Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah 2013 retails nationally for approximately R110 a bottle.
The Reyneke label was created in 1998 when Johan Reyneke took over the family farm in Stellenbosch and made the bold and ethically inspired move to start the very slow process of conversion from conventional farming to organic sustainability, followed by the subsequent progression to biodynamic self-sufficiency. Johan has remained steadfast in his belief that organic and biodynamic wine farming is the route to coax the best wines from the earth, while remaining in environmental integrity. Reyneke Organic Wines was the first South African wine farm to be certified, for grape growing and winemaking, for both organic and biodynamic processes. ‘Quality with integrity’ is the Reyneke mantra.
“It’s an approach that creates wine that offers brilliant quality, respects nature, and your health, and is also socially responsible. It makes for happy wine-drinking, pleasing the senses and the conscience.” (Platter’s South African Wines 2011).
“One of Stellenbosch’s finest estates”, notes Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin. “These wines fulfill both in a sensory and intellectual way.”
“Johan’s passionate concern for his vines and the well-being of the land is matched in the cellar by the brilliance of Rudiger Gretschel, chief guru at wine company Vinimark which has an interest in the Reyneke brand. Together they are building this into unquestionably one of the Cape’s top estates.” (Platter’s South African Wines 2014).
One of the Cape’s top estates, Reyneke certainly is, with a pinnacle “First Growth” ranking in Tim Atkin’s 2014 and 2015 South African Wine Reports.
VISIT REYNEKE WINES
Reyneke Wines is situated on the ridge of the Polkadraai Hills, with spectacular views of Stellenbosch and overlooking the rugged, majestic coastline of False Bay.