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Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Rich, elegant and warming Cabernet that combines the power of South African wine with the finesse of French. Aromas of ripe cherry and vanilla layer with smooth, velvety tannins for a benchmark glass of Cab Sav.
Big & Bold, Full-Bodied Red
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Producer Le Riche
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Big & Bold, Full-Bodied Red
Grape Blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 14.5
Vintage 2018
Special Features Vegan
Extra Info Fruity with finesse
Food Pairing Guide Slow-cooked lamb shank or a rich and savoury beef or veggie stew
Terroir A variety of sites ranging from the sandy gravel soils of the Firgrove and Raithby ward to sandy/loamy granite soils of the Jonkershoek ward

Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon is truly a remarkably bottle of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon. It's very definitely made with French finesse, but remains distinctively South African. With carefully selected fruit from the cool gravelly slopes facing False Bay to the rich red granitic soils around Stellenbosch, the wine gains its complexity by expertly blending fruit from 4 specifically diverse terroirs. Inviting aromas of ripe cherries and fresh plums mingle with vanilla and cedar spice, rather like a fresh cherry pie! In the mouth there are rich and warming flavours of red fruit and spice, layered with smooth, velvety tannins which give it structure, elegance and a lengthy finish.

Le Riche is a family run estate founded by Etienne Le Riche in 1996. Situated close to the historic town of Stellenbosch, the winery is perched on the slopes of the Heldeberg Mountain and surrounded by the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountain range.If youre based in Stellenbosch and going to specialise in something, Cabernet is a great choice! Le Riche are known as ‘Cabernet Masters’ and rightly so. They select grapes from the best possible Stellenbosch terroirs to craft top quality Cabernets with superb cellaring potential. The estate was founded by Etienne Le Riche in 1996 and remains a family affair.These wines are elegant and classy with fine grained tannins and subtle oak integration, and while not aiming to be Bordeaux replicas, they do have much in common with the balance and poise sometimes found in top Margaux. With most of their wines sold domestically, it’s a rare treat to find these wines on UK soils. Production is 8000×6 cases a year, with the Reserve range consisting of only 1000 cases. These wines are rare but worth sourcing.

Fruit is sourced from a variety of sites ranging from the sandy gravel soils of the Firgrove and Raithby ward to sandy/loamy granite soils of the Jonkershoek ward. In essence, it is a blend of Stellenbosch Cabernets showing the variety of terroirs to be found, all harvested by hand at optimal ripeness. Five days fermentation in open concrete tanks with temperature control and regular manual plunging and pump-overs. The malolactic fermentation was carried out in lined concrete tanks after which the wine was transferred to 225L French oak barrels (25% new oak) where it was matured for 20 months.
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