Le Riche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2021


The grapes were specifically selected from the best performing vineyard parcels sourced from the Stellenbosch wards of Helderberg, Simonsberg, and Jonkershoek Valley. The vineyard blocks were micro-vinified separately until final blending. Fermentation in open-top concrete fermenters, manual plunging to ensure optimal colour extraction, extended maceration to increase age-ability, and the use of high-quality French oak (75% new) ensure the pedigree of this distinguished wine. After a year in barrel, the individual batches were blended to form the final wine and returned to barrel for another year before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine matured in bottle for another year before release.

“A wine in true Cabernet Sauvignon style, it is massively expressive with fresh plums and blackberries, cherry, violet and cassis. Grounded in classic cedar and graphite notes, which are mirrored on the palate. The wine is brooding and dense yet sophisticated and elegant. The structure is powerfully firm with polished, fine-grained tannins and a remarkable acid/fruit balance. The palate is rich, velvety and opulent, yet remarkably fresh with a lively purity and a creamy mouthfeel. The wonderfully long, complex finish showcases the great potential for maturation.”


Reserve status is only endowed if the grapes and resulting wine measure up to exceptional standards. Hand-selected grapes from older, lower-yielding vines are used. Fermentation is done with a selected yeast strain under controlled temperatures. Manual plunging during this period ensures optimal colour extraction. After five days the tanks are closed and allowed to macerate for a further period, normally 10-14 days.

Pressing follows and the wine is transferred to barrel for the secondary fermentation. On completion, a final quality check and analysis are performed and the Reserve is then prepared for barrel ageing. Bottling is followed by hand labelling and further bottle maturation.

At the appropriate stage, Etienne, Christo and Yvonne taste and blend together as a team. The final blend matures with a generous amount of new oak barrels for up to two years, with further ageing in bottle before release. ‘Reserve’ status is exclusively endowed if the grapes and resulting wine measure up to an exceptional standard, resulting in a wine of limited quantities and available on an allocation basis only.

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