2012 Reyneke Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch

SKU #1123860 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc offers grass clipping, nettle and gooseberry on the nuanced nose that takes time to open. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with a crisp line of acidity and nettle and bruised apple toward the weighty finish. Very fine. Drink now-2015. (NM)  (10/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Offers notes of blanched almond, white peach, jicama, straw and lemon curd, with a whiff of macadamia nut on the finish. Exudes richness, but remains cut and defined overall. Drink now through 2014. 1,100 cases made. –JM  (6/2013)

K&L Notes

Reyneke was founded in 1998 when Johan Reyneke, Jr. took over his family farm and began prodcing his own wine. With vines as old as 40 years, Reyneke is a trailblazer in the realm of biodynamic viticulture in South Africa: "The intention here is to interfere as little as possible, to allow nature to be the real maker of the wine and to truly produce terroir specific wines of the highest quality."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2013 | Send Email
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Intense nose, creamy citrus sorbet and white blossom. On the palate peach and stone fruits, yellow plum. This is followed by a more snappy citrus zest. The wine is texturally rich from extended lees contact adding a subtle nutty character and some muted savory notes on the mid palate. Fantastic length and layers of flavor. Another epic South African Sauvignon Blanc!

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.