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Reyneke Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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From its Reserve Range of wines, Reyneke Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a very elegant, organic, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon that could be a match for a Grand Cru Bordeaux

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Smooth Elegant Red

Grape Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Region



South Africa








Vegan, Certified Organic, Certified Biodynamic



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Reyneke Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 really is an amazing wine. Imagine a top class Bordeaux wine, a Grand Cru, that has enough age to see the tannins softened to the point of hardly being noticeable at all yet still packed with soft black fruit flavours and aromas and there you have it but in this South African Cabernet. Reyneke Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is very fragrant and the blackcurrants, blackberries and hints of red fruit and a little savoury smokiness continue through on to the palate, filling the mouth with their ripe juiciness. The texture of this wine is like silk and the finish very long indeed; in fact it would be very easy to let this wine glide down far too quickly. It should be savoured. It is not a wine for everyday drinking – it’s a real treat! This wine can be enjoyed now but will keep for a few years yet.


I have been following – and stocking – Reyneke‘s ethically-, organically- and bio-dynamically produced wines since I set up Wines With Attitude. Johan Reyneke is passionate about non-intervention in grape-growing and wine-making resulting in complex wines. The Reyneke Chenin Blanc is in a different price bracket to this real treat but is no less complex. By the way, Reyneke Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 should not be confused with Reyneke’s Reserve Red which is 100% Syrah.  Reyneke Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is of course Cabernet Sauvignon from the same premium “Reserve” range of Reyneke wines and the 2017 is only the third vintage. It took six years for the winemaker to come up with a wine he was happy with before producing the first vintage, the 2013 (it is only produced in excellent vintages). This wine is from a single vineyard on the south eastern slopes of the Polkadraai Hills, overlooking False Bay, and in Reyneke’s words is “the best the Reyneke farm has to offer.”


Note: You can also send a bottle of Reyneke Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 as a gift



How to Enjoy this Wine

A really good steak would be the perfect match for this wine. It will match a wide range of foods but don’t go for anything too spicy that will mask the wonderful aromas and flavours. Or just pour and savour whilst relaxing.


 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

“Concentrated notes of blackcurrant are apparent immediately once the bottle is opened. An elegant & perfumed wine unfolds, with aromas of black cherry, fynbos, spice and cigar-box. The complex palate is layered with dark fruits, cacao & tobacco. There is a clear graphite and pencil shaving character on the palate, with juicy yet firm tannins leading to a lasting finish. This vintage has an ageing potential of 10+ years if stored in correct cellaring conditions.”


92 points – – Oct 2019
“The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has a denseness to the nose. With classic layers to the core of black fruits, an herbal pencil lead aroma and dusty florals, the wine smells like a serious Cabernet. The palate is still tight as this wine is not yet released the world and should be available in the next year or two. The finish is long, focused and complex. The structure of the wine is built for longevity for the future. If you get one of these bottles in your cellar, it will be your lucky day.”

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