The 2018 Reserve Red is a 100% Syrah. About a third of the grapes were whole clusters crushed by foot and the remainder was bunch selected and crushed and de-stemmed in concrete vats. Spontaneous fermentation with minimal punch downs and pump overs was the way to go for this vintage. The wine was pressed off the skins and the juice racked into 2nd fill French barrique for secondary fermentation. Elevage is for a total of 20months in oak with a single rack and return after 6months.
"Reyneke makes beautifully crafted wines from its biodynamic farm, and this is a great success. There’s a cranberry crunch to the blackberry fruit and a whiff of white pepper. It has a lovely sense of vibrancy and feels harmonious already. A little toastiness adds length and complexity. Enlivening and pure, with great freshness and a searching, tensile quality."
(Decanter Magazine, September 2020)