2013 Reyneke Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch (Biodynamic)

SKU #1193427 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc comes from three vineyards, predominantly whole-bunch pressed in order to settle as clean as possible, fermentation in 300-liter used barrels where the lees can be worked and limit sulfur for six months. It has a fine, tense and slightly chalky bouquet with touches of Mirabelle coming through. The palate is crisp on the entry with a fine line of acidity. Good tension here, very nicely focused and refined with hints of almond and walnut toward the finish. Very fine.  (10/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Peach and straw flavors mingle with brioche and blanched almond notes. Shows good weight, cut and length.  (8/2014)

K&L Notes

Winemakers Notes: "The colour presents with a light apple green with gold highlights. On the nose there are pink grapefruit, lime leaf and lemon zest notes with hint of ripe gooseberries. White flower and crushed stone are abundant on the palate along with gentle citrus hints. An intense Sauvignon Blanc with a round and silken structure. This is a white wine which can be laid down and further bottle matured for up to 6 years after vintage. The grapes are harvested from three Reyneke vineyards, early in the morning when temperatures are still low. Whole-bunch pressing is followed the next morning to limit the amount of soluble solids in the juice, since no settling enzymes are used. Fermentation occurs spontaneously using wild yeast in neutral French oak barrels. This allows us to control the natural fermentations better and increases the lees to wine ratio after ferment. After 6 months further aging the wine is bottled and released. We believe in organic / biodynamic farming. There's a lot to be said for the way winemaking used to be. There were no chemicals, no "technological advancements" that made the process a process, and natural balance was more important than balance sheets. Some people dismiss it as old-fashioned nostalgia, but we like to think of it as ancient wisdom. And we embrace it as much as we can. Not just because it's better for the earth, but because it makes for better wine."

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2016 | Send Email
This barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc is leesy and round, with the oak adding more texture than flavor. Freshly mowed hay, blanched nuts, pear skin and mouthwatering minerals form the body of this smooth and refreshing value. Here is one to buy by the case.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2016 | Send Email
Ocean mist on the nose, with gorgeous leesy sourdough and a plump, fleshy fruit mouth feel. All barrel fermented, but with surprising delicacy and integration. A huge steal at this price. All organically made. Enjoy!
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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2016 | Send Email
This is a fantastic Sauvignon Blanc. The depth of flavor and complexity do suggest a wine closer to $20, instead of something that at under $11 you might expect to be tasty but much more simple. Ripe stone fruit flavors show balanced acidity, a lovely texture as well as the multi-vitamin like nuances I sometimes get from higher quality, carefully made, terroir driven Sauvignon Blanc. It's rare to find SB this good, for this cheap, so if you enjoy the grape I would load up..

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2016 | Send Email
What an unbelievable deal! This polished, dry Sauvignon Blanc has succulent fruit and a surprising amount of complexity. If you like your white wine clean and refreshing, but also with some substance, this Reyneke is a must try. I would feel very happy recommending this wine at the full $20+ price, but I am ecstatic about having it for such a bargain.
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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2016 | Send Email
Lemon zest, cream, tropical fruits and lively acidity make this simply delicious wine a total no-brainer to stock up on! Like the old Nike ads- Just Do It!
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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | Send Email
Whether you are a Sauvignon Blanc super-fan, or just looking for an interesting new white wine at a good price, this is your bottle. Barrel fermented, with lees contact, this is a slightly richer style with great texture, but still quite snappy and fresh, with pretty orchard fruit, and even a hint of grass and sweet pea. Overall an incredibly complex wine, and a great new addition to your everyday collection.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5