94 pts Vinous Sept 2023
The 2022 Chenin Blanc comes from the two old blocks planted in 1974 and 1976. It is whole bunch pressed, but unlike the Sauvignon Blanc, it is not settled and matured in foudres and used 300-liter oak, where it stayed for ten months on the lees. It has a very delineated bouquet with Granny Smith scents and light sea spray aromas, a very Zen-like Chenin that expresses the granitic terroir. The well-balanced palate has a slight viscosity on the entry, a little richer than previous vintages but without compromising tension, with hints of peach skin and yellow plum towards the finish. Excellent.
93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2023
Showing the exotic flavours that are common to many 2022 Cape whites, this comes from the oldest vineyards at Reyneke, both of which were planted in the mid-1970s. Nectarine and white peach flavours are underpinned by granitic minerality and a whisper of oak. 2023-28
The oldest vineyards on the Reyneke farm are two blocks of Chenin blanc from 1974 and 1976 respectively. These vineyards are registered with South Africa’s Old Vine Project (OVP).
The grapes were whole bunch pressed and lightly settled.Spontaneous fermentation occurred in a combination of seasoned 300L French oak 2500L foudrés. After 10 months of maturation on the gross lees, the wine was racked from their vessels and readied for bottling, which takes place early January. A light dose of sulphur was added at racking, prior to bottling.
The nose of this wine is filled with aromas of yellow apple, bright lemon, white pear, fresh golden delicious, and vine peaches. Subtle hints of orange blossom lend intrigue and give the wine a certain brightness. On the palate, this wine is layered with notes of lemon, quince, pear, and apple pith, which is perfectly balanced with a lively acidity. The finish is textured, leaving a lasting impression on the palate