Reyneke Reserve White 2010

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I have a difficult time with South African wine. I find it to be quite inconsistent and often uninspiring. Part of this is the lack of top producers available here in B.C. I also think South Africa is still looking for its best practices and expressions. That said, the top producers are making pretty fantastic wines. My favourite producer, Eben Sadie, makes wines that compete with the best from all the major wine growing regions yet have a unique quality and sense of place. His wines are unfortunately both expensive and extremely difficult to find.

A Top South African White

This Reyneke is the best South African white I’ve had since Sadie. These guys farm biodynamically (and are the only demeter certified winery in South Africa), ferment without enzymes, but do use some vitamins and nutrients to help the yeast. The wines are fermented in old casks.

This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc, yet shows none of the flaws common to that grape when grown in South Africa – it is, rather, dense and impeccably balanced. The grapes for this reserve white are all hand selected from the best rows of the Sauvignon Blanc plantings.

Though the winery was only founded in 1998, the vines are around 40 years old.

The Wine

Minerals, bright tart citrus, white nectarine – very mouth watering, stunning concentration and power. But also focused and a very long finish. This is an extremely impressive wine that is superior to the competition at this price point. It is also unique, and extremely delicious.

$50 at BCLDB


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