Reyneke Cornerstone 2018
It oozes elegance with a wonderful show of complexity even at this young age.
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There are so many very cool things about this wine that could be spoken about for hours on end. The fact that it is a biodynamic wine, the fact that the proceeds from the sale of this wine go to the upliftment of the workers on the farm whose hidden hand make all things possible, the fact that it’s another cracking Bordeaux style blend from Stellenbsoch. However I am going to put all that aside and concentrate on the most important fact of all and that is that it is an excellent bottle of wine.
Johanne Reyneke of whom the wine estate bears its name will be long celebrated as one of the most significant contributors to the wine landscape in South Africa in recent times. His baton has been carried with great success over the last few years by current winemaker Nuschka de Vos. Her incredible talent is surpassed only by her incredible passion for not just making wine but doing it in the way that she and many others feel is the right way.
As a biodynamic winemaker minimum intervention goes without saying, which basically means that once the grapes are picked off the bunches and fermentation starts there is very little interference in nature’s process. The thing with Biodynamics though is that it goes much further than that and every respect is paid in the vineyard as well to nature’s process. It is as much about giving back to the earth as it is about taking from it. A visit to the estate is well worth any wine enthusiast time.
We are quite fortunate to be able to showcase the 2018 vintage as a “pre release” of sorts as it is only scheduled for release next week and it wont hit the shelves for a few more weeks after that. It is the highly anticipated follow up to the massively successful 2017 vintage and is a three way blend of Cab Sav, Cab Franc and Merlot. It oozes elegance with a wonderful show of complexity even at this young age. It will develop to even greater levels of balance over time but is incredibly drinkable now.
The wine is enticing from first sniff with a wonderful floral note of violets and intense ripe blackberry aromatics. The palate is dominated by the incredibly elegant velvety mouthfeel, highlighted by the plush tannin that grip only on the finish contributing to the wonderful length. The wine shows tremendous complexity, red fruit dominating on entry and on the finish underpinned by pronounced cassis flavours. Oak is very well integrated adding a very pleasant hint of dried oregano and a touch of mace.
Bordeaux style blends do not often find themselves in the easy drinking category but I could easily smash this without the aid of food. It would though go very well with a well made Karoo lamb chop with potatoes and mint sauce