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The folks at Reyneke Vineyards believe that the path to progress lies in the past. Eschewing the accouterments of modern-day, large-scale farming and winemaking, they have adopted organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyards and in the winery. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free, they cultivate companion plants in the vineyards that will outcompete damaging weeds - and release ducks into the vineyards to take care of insects that can damage the vines. They use moderate amounts of copper and sulfur instead of synthetic fungicides and follow the lunar cycle when planting, pruning, and harvesting. Their non-interventionist approach to winemaking ensures that their finished wines are pure expressions of grape and terroir.
Today's wine is a blend of 89% Shiraz and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the best organic vineyards across the Western Cape, a quarter of it coming directly from the estate.* 25% of the wine spent eight months in seasoned oak barrels. Aromas of black currant, thyme, tobacco, and violets lead to a medium-bodied palate of cassis, cherry, and plum, with hints of black pepper on the long finish. The limited oak contact makes the wine vibrant, juicy and fruit-forward. Check out the press!
90 points, Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2017 Vinehugger Organic Red checks in as a blend of 89% Shiraz and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby/plum-colored with lots of ripe blackberries and black raspberry fruits, notes of smoked earth, asphalt, and graphite, medium-bodied richness, vibrant acidity, and fine tannin, it's a terrific, balanced, delicious wine that will keep for 7-8 years." (3/20/18)
Producer Name: Reyneke Organics
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: South Africa
Region: Western Cape
Appellation: Western Cape
Grape Varietals: 89% Shiraz & 11% Cabernet Sauvignon
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Medium Body Red
Winemaker: Johan Reyneke
Pack/Size: 12/750 ml
Container Type: Green Burgundy Bottle
Closure Style: Stelvin Closure (Screwcap)