2016 Reserve Red, Reyneke, Stellenbosch

A Syrah of outstanding poise and purity, this is a tour-de-force from Rudiger. Notes of violet and tapenade, and dark cherry and some pepper combine into a complex, and sure-to-be-long-lived wine.

Critic score
95/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£37.48
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£224.88

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, South Africa
  • Maturity
    Young 2020 - 2028
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14%
2016 Reserve Red, Reyneke, Stellenbosch

TASTING NOTES

It takes courage to grow Cabernet Sauvignon in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, but Craig Wessels' two sites, both planted in 1999 but with different soil types and exposures, consistently deliver the goods. This is lighter and more forward than the 2015 - it could almost be a Cabernet Franc - with graphite and black cherry flavours and filigree tannins.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (September 2019)
95/100