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Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah 2018

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£21.50

Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah is produced biodynamically from organic grapes and is a rich, intense style of Syrah with a fresh redcurrant finish. Named by Decanter magazine as a “Must-try Red” and with 95 points, it was described as “Super value…”

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Rich Spicy Red

Grape Variety

Shiraz / Syrah

Wine Region

Stellenbosch

Country

South Africa

ABV

13.0%

Oaked

Yes

Cork

Yes

Lifestyle

Vegan, Certified Organic, Certified Biodynamic

Volume

75cl

Drink By

2025

Description

Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah 2018 is 100% Syrah produced biodynamically from organic grapes. It is from Reyneke’s Biodynamic range (Reyneke also has an Organic range). Johan Reyneke, Grower of the Year in Tim Atkin’s 2020 South Africa Report, used to blend Syrah with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc for this wine but decided that the spice, pepper and perfume of the Syrah or Shiraz were a little lost in the blend. So now the focus for this South African wine is purely on the Syrah or Shiraz.  As a result Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah 2018 is intense in its colour, aromas and flavours. On the nose there are complex aromas including dark fruits, spices, white pepper, liquorice and ‘fynbos’, the local perfumed vegetation. The palate is similarly complex and full of ripe fruits – red berries, blueberries and blackberries together with white pepper, dark liquorice, herbs and a savoury meatiness despite the wine’s relatively young age. The tannins are evident but rounded and the wine full-bodied and velvety in texture. After all that intensity and complexity of flavours, there is a lovely long fresh finish of redcurrants and a silky texture to this wine.

 

Awarded 95 / 100 points and named by Decanter magazine as a “Must-try Red”, Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah 2018 was described by them as “Super value for this delicious biodynamic field blend of Syrah.” This wine will keep for a few more years yet but can certainly be enjoyed now.

 

I’ve been stocking a number of Reyneke wines since Wines With Attitude began. If you want to find the most ethical wines, you cannot go wrong with these. With different ranges of wine in different price brackets, there is something for every wine drinker. Why not try the lovely Reyneke Chenin Blanc which has been a firm favourite of mine since I tried it all those years ago.

How to Enjoy this Wine

Drink with hearty foods such as beef casseroles, venison etc.

 

It is worth giving this wine chance to open up by opening the bottle an hour or so before starting to drink, by swirling the wine in your glass and by slurping in air as you taste it.

 

Serve at 16 – 18°C

Producer's Notes

“A perfumed nose with upfront white pepper, spice and red cherry aromatics. Followed by undertones of rosemary and lavender. The palate is fresh and vibrant with juicy tannins and a well balanced structure. Layers of fruit, spice and dry herbs give an elegant and well-refined wine with a lasting finish.”

Awards

95 points & a “Must-try red” – Decanter – Oct 2021
“Super value for this delicious biodynamic field blend of Syrah. Gorgeous aromas of smoky, earthy rooibos tea, lavender and black cherry. The complex, silky palate has fine gravelly tannins and flavours of rose, leather, blood and aniseed, with a lingering seaweed freshness. Fermented in concrete, then aged 14 months in oak, three months in steel and a final eight in bottle.”

 

92 points – Tim Atkin MW’s 2020 South Africa Report

 

Reyneke is a five star winery in Platter’s Wine Guide

 

Johan Reyneke is Grower of the Year in Tim Atkin MW’s 2020 South Africa Report

 

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