Reyneke Natural Chenin Blanc (organic & biodynamic) 2016

 

£318.36
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6 bottle(s) at £53.06 per bottle.
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NG343
 

Reyneke Natural Chenin Blanc (organic & biodynamic) 2016

On the nose, initial hints of orange blossom, lemon and pear open up to reveal notes of white peach and golden delicious apples. The amphora’s stony-clay characteristics become apparent when it gives a lift to the cool and fresh pallet of this beautiful wine. Hints of quince, honey and almonds are supported by a vibrant acidity and this in turn is well balanced by a soft roundness on the palate. This is a truly beautiful wine where the whole definitely is greater than the sum of its parts.

Reyneke Natural Chenin Blanc (organic & biodynamic) 2016

The dry 2016 vintage saw our 5ha of old Chenin hardly giving us a crop. In a normal year we average between 6-10 tons out if this vineyard. In 2016 we got a mere 1,7 tons of the entire block. We picked the grapes rather late despite the dry year waiting for the sugar to pick up. The fruit tasted amazing with a very fresh acidity. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, yielding clear and fresh juice. We decided not to do an overnight settling and took the juice directly to 300l, 2nd fill barrel for natural ferment. We ended up getting 3 x 300l barrels from 5ha of vineyard. The must fermented in barrel in a cold room. After ferment we kept the wine in the cold room for maturation, trying to inhibit the secondary fermentation. In January 2017 we racked it out of barrel under a blanket of ‘dry ice’ and bottled it the next day without any fining, filtration, or SO2.

Tasting Notes

The wine has a great density of flavour and richness like no other. The nose has clear aromas of white peach, apricot, kumquat and almonds. Once in the glass layers of complexity reveal themselves, ranging from spicy to savoury, to sweet. The palate is balanced with flavours of honeycomb but with a zesty mid palate and lengthy finish that just continues. More flavours & aromas picked up Bisquity, caramel, orange peel, mandarin, cinnamon (almost melktert flavours)....also a distinct aroma, that is similar to an aged German Riesling that Johan also couldn’t put his finger (nose) on.

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Bottles Per Case 6
Vintage 2016
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