Reyneke Syrah 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Reyneke wines are certified by Debio (Norway) and IFOAM (Europe). Reyneke was the first farm in South Africa to achieve Demeter International certification. All the Syrah grapes are handpicked and hand sorted. 30% Whole bunch is foot crushed into concrete Nomblot tanks, after which the other 70% is destemmed over the whole bunches. Spontaneous, natural fermentation occurs with minimal punch downs and pump over’s. Natural secondary fermentation occurs in 2nd and 3rd fill French casks and in 2500 l Foudres. The wine ages for 16 months in oak and another 3 months in stainless steel, before bottling. The nose is aromatic and perfumed, with concentrated notes of raspberries and cherries and hints of chamomile flower and fynbos. The complex nose follows through with spicy undertones of cloves and white pepper. The palate is fresh and vibrant with great tannic structure and a long finish.