Reyneke Organic Red Wine 2017

£12.50

Rudiger was always disappointed the fresh coastal breeze kicked in just as he settled down for a drink after slogging all day in the vineyards. He thought long and hard...

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Rudiger was always disappointed the fresh coastal breeze kicked in just as he settled down for a drink after slogging all day in the vineyards. He thought long and hard about how to beat the problem. He considered planting a bank of conifers to deflect the wind. Of relocating the vehicle shed to block it. But it all seemed a little extreme.


Stoically sipping a red one evening, he had a brainwave. Noticing the wine gave out a daytime warmth, counteracting the evening chill, he set about painting it onto the walls of his stoep. Sure enough, the concentrated, plummy red coddled the heat of the sun and reflected it through the evening. All he needed was a catchy name for the 'paint' and he was certain the technique would catch on. Of course, it's far less effort to drink it, with much the same warming effect.


The Reyneke farm was first established in 1863 under the name 'Uitsicht', meaning 'View' in Dutch. Perched so it overlooks Stellenbosch and False Bay, they have north, east and south facing slopes on which the best land is planted with vines and the remaining surrounding land provides compost and pockets of wilderness that compliment the vineyards.


Reyneke operates with the philosophy "waste not, want not" constantly in mind. For them, a sustainable balance between nature and winemaking is far more important than a balance of spreadsheets. They take a hollistic approach to all of their work, even in the office. Instead of recycling paper, they prefer to shred it to feed to the earthworm farm that then produces vermi-compost used in the vineyards. The team try to never lose sight of the synergy between the vineyards, the surrounding wild life and their people. They put their people first, name their cows instead of giving them numbers and even choose to study why weeds are growing instead of pulling them out.


Rudiger Gretschel, originally from Namibia, has been cheif winemaker at Reyneke for five years. Before joining the winery, he was winemaker at the famous Boekenhoutskloof winery based in Franschhoek. Gretschel was named South African Winemaker of the year in 2016.


Fruit for the Reyneke Organic Red Wine is sourced from Organic vineyards around the Western Cape. The grapes are sorted, destemmed and crushed before a wild, spontaneous fermentation takes place in a combination of concrete tanks and open stainless steel fermenters. During this process, the submerged cap fermentation technique is used. 40% of the wine then spends 11 months in old oak barrels before spending a further 2 months in stainless steel tanks before bottling.

UK Mainland Addresses

(excludes Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, and the Isles of Wight, Man and Scilly - please see below)

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Standard

£4.95

FREE

Most Standard Delivery parcels arrive within 2 working days of placement of your order.

Free Standard Delivery is offered on all orders of £100 or more.
Next Day £6.95

If you place an order by 2pm (UK time), Monday - Thursday, it will be delivered the next day*. Orders placed between 2pm on Thursday and 2pm on Friday will be delivered on the following Monday and orders placed between 2pm Friday and 2pm Monday will be delivered on the following Tuesday.

Saturday £11.95
(all order values)

Orders must be placed online by 2pm Friday to be delivered on the Saturday of the same week, otherwise it is assumed the order is for the following Saturday. Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.

Next Day Before 12noon £12.95
(all values)

Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Next Day Before 10am £19.95
(all values)

Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Remote Areas - Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man and The Scilly Isles

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Standard

£9.95

We can only offer Standard Delivery to these parts of the UK and delivery times will vary locally. Typically, orders placed before 2pm should be received in 3 or 4 working days, although some of the most rural locations may take longer.** Free Standard Delivery to mainland UK addresses on orders over £100.