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).
They believe there’s a lot to be said for the way winemaking used to be. There were no chemicals, no “technological advancements” that made the process a process, and natural balance was more important than balance sheets.
Some people dismiss it as old-fashioned nostalgia, but they like to think of it as ancient wisdom. And they embrace it as much as we can. Not just because it’s better for the earth, but because it makes for better wine.
Back when the Reyneke farm first began as ‘Uitzicht’ in 1863, there were no chemicals or technological advancements. Just the land and nature.
It’s the kind of balance that’s far more important than ensuring the spreadsheets all balance out. And it’s the true, time-honoured tradition of winemaking.
The 2020 Organic Sauvignon Blanc/ Semillon is made up of a blend of 54% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Semillon. After 5 months, further ageing occurs in stainless steel on the fine lees. The assemblage is made up and bottled.
The nose presents gooseberries, guava and lime zest, with a small hint of cut grass. Flavours of green apple, citrus and a slight saltiness follow through on the palate, with the creaminess of the Semillon coming through towards the end. The wine is fresh, grippy and has good texture, all contributing to a well balanced wine.