95 pts WINEMAG.CO.ZA March 2019
2018 was by all accounts a challenging year for grape growers because of the lingering drought and quality does look a bit patchy based on some of the wines that have already reached the market. No misgivings about the Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch biodynamic grower Reyneke, however – it’s a stonker.
Grapes are from two vineyards planted in the 1970s that are accredited with the Old Vine Project, while vinification involved spontaneous fermentation before maturation lasting 10 months in a combination of second-fill 300-litre barrels and 2 500-litre foudre.
The nose shows a floral top note before pear, peach and citrus with some earthiness in the background. The palate is light yet intensely flavoured with a lovely line of acidity – the wine has plenty of verve without being hard or angular. Very elegant and harmonious, overall. A quite extraordinary analysis suggests that grower Johan Reyneke and winemaker Rudiger Gretschel are up to something quite special here, alcohol being 12.93%, RS 4.4g/l, TA 4.6g/l and pH 3.31.
94 pts Tim Atkin MW 2019
This biodynamically farmed Chenin Blanc is part of the Old Vine Project and comes from two adjacent sites planted in the 1970’s. With aromas of white flowers, saffron and candle wax, this is a wonderfully complex, well balanced white with leesy complexity and understated wood. 2020-26.
Upfront floral and white peach notes, with hints of pear and grapefruit on the nose. Notes of honey and melon start to become more apparent later on, in the glass.The palate is fresh and vibrant, with an almost saline feel on the tongue. The finish is long, well balanced and rounded.
The 2018 Chenin Blanc is a combination of grapes sourced from two adjacent vineyards. These vineyards are part of the Old Vine Project and hail from the early 1970’s and are farmed according to biodynamic principles. There is a minimum interventionist approach to making this wine.
The grapes are whole bunch pressed and lightly settled before natural fermentation occurs. We use a combination of 300l second-fill French oak barrels and 2500l foudré. The wine was matured on the lees for 10 months before bottling.