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This is the fourth year that the South African producer, nominated as New World Winery of the Year in the Wine Enthusiast’s 2013 Wine Star Awards, has stuck to 100% organic Syrah or Shiraz grapes. Having previously blended the Syrah with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it was decided that the spice, pepper and perfume of the Shiraz were a little lost in the blend. Johan Reyneke is passionate about non-intervention in grape-growing and wine-making and the result is a big, complex Shiraz.
Confusingly this wine is from Reyneke's Biodynamic range (there is also an Organic range). It is produced biodynamically from organic grapes.
In summary... this wine is intense in its colour, aromas and flavours just like the previous two vintages. Complex aromas include dark fruits, spices, white pepper, liquorice and the 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. There is a lovely long finish of redcurrants.
This wine can be enjoyed now but will keep for a few years yet. 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.
Why not also try the lovely Reyneke Chenin Blanc?
Drink with hearty foods such as beef casseroles, venison etc
"Bright purple plum fruit and raspberry notes dominate the nose leading into subtle aromas of violets, fynbos and fennel spice adding to the complexity of this wine. The palate shows a vibrancy, youth and freshness. Layers of wild berries and peppery spice linger on the palate with a fine chalky tannin structure which promises longevity. Drink now until 2021."
17 points Jancis Robinson Sep 2016
"Edgy, earthy, fragrant and rubbery - very distinctive and vibrant."
94 points Tim Atkins 2016 South African Report