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Reyneke Biodynamic Chenin Blanc
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Reyneke Biodynamic Chenin Blanc 2016

Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, South AfricaBiodynamic beauty. Reyneke was South Africa’s first certified biodynamic vineyard and winery, and all their wines are made without additives (yeasts, enzymes acidity or settling agents). Young RSA star winemaker John Reyneke is Old vine (50+ years) Chenin Blanc on decomposed granite loans is harvested from a single vineyard in the Polkadraai Hills, just west of Stellenbosch. Whole bunch pressed, this was fermented in a both 300L barrels (second fill) and a 2500L foudré, and spent ten months on the lees followed by a two month stint in stainless for tightening. Serious and savoury, this vibrates the length with a flinty mineral hum, with savoury meadow herbs, lemon thistle and quince lining the medium+ palate. There's a gentle but streaming wild bergamot / Earl Gray tea that lingers on the finish. A striking chenin.Tasted: 05 June 2017Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 30.00 private wine stores Producer: ReynekeCSPC: 753186