The Reyneke estate now includes a total of 37 ha (91 acres) with vines growing on 30 ha of them and animals such as cows, ducks, chickens and guinea fowl on the rest. Since he established biodynamic techniques in the vineyard (Reyneke has been certified biodynamic since 2004), the pH of the soils has gone from 5.5 to 6 or 6.5, so the pH of the wine has gone down and the total acidity has gone up.

Tasting Notes

The 2013 Reserve Red is 100% Syrah from a single vineyard that simply yields the best fruit. It is 35% whole cluster and the rest de-stemmed, raised for 18 months in second fill French barriques. (Incidentally, there was no 2011 Reserve Red.) There are plenty of crushed violets on the nose here with good definition; nothing is held back, which is exactly what you want. The palate is well balanced with mint-tinged, succulent black fruit and hints of eucalyptus, but nothing too strong. Cohesive in the mouth with a gentle grip on the finish, afford this a couple of years in bottle. [92points, Neal Martin – November 2015,]