The Reyneke label was created in 1998 when Johan Reyneke Jr. took over the farming activities from his mother and produced the first wines on the family farm, Uitzicht. The 40ha farm faces the historic town of Stellenbosch and overlooks the surrounding mountain ranges and the beautiful False Bay.
Since inception, Johan has moved from farming conventionally to farming organically and finally to farming and producing his wines in accordance with biodynamic principles. He is currently one of only a few winemakers in SA who produce biodynamic wines and is considered somewhat of a ground- breaker in this regard.
The aim for Reyneke has always been to express the uniqueness of the farm’s situation – the deep soil dotted with early stone age hand axes; the vines- some 40 years old; the crisp upland air – into the bottle. Reyneke believes that it is impossible to sense terroir if you are constantly changing it with chemicals. “The intention here is to interfere as little as possible, to allow nature to be the real maker of the wine and to truly produce terroir specific wines of the highest quality.”
Winemakers Notes: The Reserve White is a 100% Sauvignon Blanc, single vineyard wine. The grapes are whole bunch pressed and undergo spontaneous, wild fermentation and aging in 80% new 300l French oak casks. The wine is further aged for 13 months in oak on the gross lees before it is racked. The wine then spends a 3 month aging in stainless steel prior to bottling.
Tasting Notes: The nose shows gunpowder flint, crushed stone, leading to citrus and pink grapefruit notes. The palate is multilayered with honey nut, flint and citrus peel with a structure and balanced acidity. Minerality lingers on the palate with subtle notes of almond and spice. This wine will best reward with drinking from 2015 until 2019.