Reyneke Biodynamic Chenin Blanc 2021
The holy grail of winemaking is to produce a wine which is unique to its terroir - a wine that honestly reflects the soil, prevailing climate and method of cultivation. The Biodynamic range is exactly this: wines with a true Reyneke identity. The oldest vineyards on the Reyneke farm are two blocks of Chenin Blanc from 1974 and 1976 respectively. These vineyards are registered with South Africa’s Old Vine Project (OVP). The grapes were whole bunch pressed and lightly settled. Natural fermentation occurred in a combination of 2nd fill French barrique as well as 2500L foudrés. After 10 months of maturation on the gross lees, the wine was racked from their vessels and readied for bottling early in January. A small amount of sulphur was added prior to bottling only. This wine has beautiful aromas of lemon, orange blossom and pear with just a hint of yellow apple and stone fruit coming through on the nose. The palate is layered with a fresh and vibrant acidity. This wine has an incredible depth to it and is complex with a lingering finish.