The Reyneke label was created in 1998 when Johan Reyneke, an Environmental Philosophy post-grad and avid surfer, took over the family farm in Stellenbosch and made the bold and ethically inspired move to start the very slow process of conversion from conventional farming to organic sustainability, followed by the subsequent progression to biodynamic self-sufficiency. Reyneke Organic Wines was the first South African wine farm to be certified, for grape growing and winemaking, for both organic and biodynamic processes. ‘Quality with integrity’ is the Reyneke mantra.
Johan Reyneke has remained steadfast in his belief that organic and biodynamic wine farming is the route to coax the best wines from the earth, while remaining in environmental integrity.
- “It’s an approach that creates wine that offers brilliant quality, respects nature, and your health, and is also socially responsible. It makes for happy wine-drinking, pleasing the senses and the conscience.” (Platter’s South African Wines).
- “One of Stellenbosch’s finest estates”,notes Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin. “These wines fulfil both in a sensory and intellectual way.”
REYNEKE BIODYNAMIC CORNERSTONE 2017
The Cornerstone Project: Taking care of the people is as important to Johan Reyneke as taking care of the land. He is a man noted for putting his solid social conscience into practice. He asked his workers what they’d choose for their life and the answer was home ownership and education for their children, so the Cornerstone Project was founded to benefit Reyneke’s workers and families, rewarding them with their own homes and funding tertiary education. Today sales of all of Reyneke wines go towards assisting the workers and their families but the Cornerstone wine serves as a reminder that the workers are the true cornerstone of the Reyneke business.
The Blend: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc and 14% Merlot
In the Vineyard and the Cellar: An intense sorting process of bunch selection and berry selection ensures that the best fruit from the biodynamic vineyards is selected. Fermentation takes place in concrete Nomblot fermenters. The wine spends 18 months in French oak barrels, 30% new and 70% second and third fill.
Tasting Notes: This classical Bordeaux style blend combines freshness with real concentration, showcasing the best of Stellenbosch. The wine presents with intense notes of blackcurrant, star anise and thyme with undertones of tobacco leaf. A core of dark fruit on the palate, combined with a good tannin structure and great complexity, makes this wine linger on the palate.
Reyneke biodynamic wines packaging – a visual connection to the soul of the wine: Anthony Lane Design consultancy, famous wine packaging gurus, created a simple, environmentally friendly and holistic identity for the wines that reflect Johan Reyneke’s approach to farming. Minimising the use of synthetic materials, the designers chose a beautiful etched script wrapped around the bottle representing the biodynamic nature of the wine, and the continuous cycle of nature.
Retail price: Reyneke Biodynamic Cornerstone retails nationally for approximately R223.
REYNEKE VINEYARDS AND CELLAR
“Johan’s passionate concern for his vines and the well-being of the land is matched in the cellar by the brilliance of Rudiger Gretschel, chief winemaking guru at wine company Vinimark which has an interest in the Reyneke brand. As one of the Cape’s top wineries, its success continues to grow internationally and locally.” (Platter’s South African Wines).
VISIT REYNEKE WINES
Reyneke Wines is situated on the ridge of the Polkadraai Hills, with spectacular views of Stellenbosch and overlooking the rugged, majestic coastline of False Bay.
Reyneke is open for sales Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 3.30pm.
Tasting, Vineyard Walks and Cellar Tours by appointment only.