Reyneke, Biodynamic Chenin Blanc 2019
This is a brilliant Chenin Blanc made by Johan Reyneke, Tim Atkin’s 2020 South African Wine Grower of the year, using the 2 oldest blocks on the estate aged 44 and 46 years old.
Textured and aromatic, it shows floral notes with a fresh, vibrant acidity that holds the wine in balance. Layered and complex with mineral tones and a long saline finish.
Made in harmony with nature following biodynamic and organic practices. Perfect with oysters.
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WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES
A very aromatic wine, with notes of lemon verbena, orange blossom and white peach notes. The palate is linear, yet layered with a fresh and vibrant acidity. The finish is well rounded, with an almost saline feel on the tongue followed by a lingering finish.
The oldest vineyards on the Reyneke farm are two blocks of Chenin blanc, which are registered with the Old Vine Project and are between 44-46 years old, respectively. The vines are farmed and vinified according to biodynamic principles.
The grapes are whole bunch pressed and lightly settled, before natural fermentation occurs in a combination of new and 2nd fill French barrique, as well as 2500L foudrés.
After 10 months of maturation on the gross lees without any sulphur additions, the wine is racked from their vessels, sulphured and readied for bottling early in January.
Excellent with seafood, especially Oysters, or light meats and soft cheeses.