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Reyneke Organic Cornerstone 2017

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Reyneke Organic Cornerstone is a vegan Bordeaux blend from South Africa and acknowledges Reyneke’s farm workers as the cornerstone of the business; proceeds from the wine go to their education, housing & retirement annuities. Aside from that, it is also a great wine!

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Rich Spicy Red

Grape Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Wine Region



South Africa








Vegan, Certified Organic, Certified Biodynamic



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As a big fan of Reyneke wines, I have been following this wine for a number of years but waited until the 2017 vintage to add it to the portfolio as I think Reyneke Organic Cornerstone 2017 vintage is outstanding. Comprising 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc and 14% Merlot, the wine is matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, only 30% of which are new to avoid too strong an oak influence. It is a true Bordeaux blend from South Africa. And with the usual Reyneke non-interventional approach in the vineyard and in the winery this wine is complex. Reyneke Organic Cornerstone 2017 is a deep-coloured wine and as you might expect given the dominance of the two Cabernets black fruits dominate the intense aromas and flavours particularly blackcurrants & blackberries. But there is so much more going on – dark chocolate, cinammon, a distinctly mineral or graphite character plus floral and herbal notes including mint. The dry granitic edge is counter-balanced with a whoosh of mouth-watering acidity which stays on the long blackcurrant finish. The 14% Merlot adds some red fruit flavours and softens the tannins which give the wine backbone, making this a very approachable wine that can be enjoyed now or kept for a few years.


I have been eulogising not only the organic and bio-dynamic credentials of Reyneke wines but also their ethical credentials – and Reyneke Organic Cornerstone 2017 has to be the epitome of all three. Not only is Reyneke Cornerstone certified as organic and biodynamic but proceeds of this wine help Reyneke farm workers and their families with education, housing and retirement benefits. As the winery say “At Reyneke we believe that the workers are the cornerstone of the business, which is an integral part of the holistic and biodynamic principles, that Reyneke follows.” For a step up in Reyneke’s wine range, why not try  Reyneke Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon?

How to Enjoy this Wine

A really good steak would be the perfect match for this wine as would other red meats.


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

“This classical Bordeaux style blend combines freshness with real concentration, showcasing the best of Stellenbosch. Intense notes of blackcurrant, star anise, thyme with underlying dark fruit complete the nose of this blend. A core of dark fruit on the palate, combined with a good tannin structure and great complexity, makes this wine linger on the palate.”


96 points   Vinous


94 points   Decanter
“Reyneke sees his farm workers as the cornerstone of the business, so proceeds of this wine help them and families with housing, education and pensions. Serious and structured, it has graphite and minty cedar tones, the oak also lending spice and firm tannins, while the generous berry fruit has a leafy freshness and mineral tarmac edge. The blend changes each year, and in 2017 it is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc and 14% Merlot. The Merlot (fermented in steel) gives bright red fruit notes, with darker cassis from the Cabernets (fermented in concrete). The final blend matures 18 months in barrel, 30% new.”


92 points – Tim Atkin MW – South Africa 2020 Special Report
“Grassy, fresh and intense, with plenty of underlying structure and ageing potential, well-integrated 30% new wood and more focus than preceding releases.”

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