Reyneke is known for their “back to nature” way of making wine and for transforming all of their processes in Vineyard, Cellar and farm to ensure that it is all as sustainable as possible. The farm used to be called Uitzicht which means “View” and perched above Stellenbosch, it has views all the way to False Bay.
It has north, east and south facing slopes and while vines take up the best parts of the soil, most of the rest is used for compost making. The farm is totally self-sustainable and self supporting, firstly to reduce the carbon footprint and secondly to make sure that the farm is not affected by any market forces out of their control.It is for this reason for example that the farm produces its own compost. Everything about the farm is biodynamic, with even the office ensuring that every document is recycled. The farm recognizes the need for everything to be in synergy, with people, plants and animals living harmoniously.
The vineyards are free from any chemicals, and the estate rather relies on planting companion plants among the vines to outgrow and outcompete the weeds and ducks are released into the vineyards to rid the area of any slug or snail. Even the soil preparation that is added to boost the plant life is homeopathic and contains specially formulated herbal, mineral and organic substances that enhance the soil, and simultaneously boost plant and animal life. They work off natural and cosmic cycles, rhythms and forces to ensure that their planting, pruning, harvesting and all vineyard processes happen according to nature’s plan.
The cellaring process is as natural as possible too. No yeasts, artificial fermenters or bacteria is used in the cellar. The terroir is expressed in the wine with the distinctive lack of intervention in the process and the wine is simply guided through the process.
The estate produces several different ranges:
This week’s wine in particular is the Reserve White. It is a Sauvignon Blanc that has a layered and complex nose, showing white stone fruit, pear and lime. On the palate, the minerality comes through with a firm acidity and integrated oak component. This delicious, elegant and balanced wine will be a great aged wine until 2020.
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