A wine that over delivers on all fronts! This is the only red wine produced by Le Riche that is not 100% Cabernet. A reincarnation of Le Riche’s classic Cab Merlot blend, this is an exceptionally lovely, classically Bordelaise blend. Restrained but appealing on the nose with typical red fruit aromas of plum and cherries are balanced with a touch of oak. The palate is a masterpiece of blending – hugely appealing with juicy mouth-filling flavours of red berries, plums and smoky hints balanced with a fine, soft tannic structure and rounded finish. Finely structured and phenomenally fine, Christo Le Riche has more than stepped into his father’s shoes!
The winery is situated in the picturesque Jonkershoek valley, in close proximity to the historic town of Stellenbosch and surrounded by the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountain range.
Etienne decided to create a winery where he, and now his son Christo, could express the cultivar he had grown to love and respect, Cabernet Sauvignon. The approach was simple, to illustrate the nuances of Stellenbosch Cabernets as best possible and not be inhibited by estate classification. As a result, Le Riche are now known in their field as ‘Cabernet Masters’; selecting grapes from the best possible terroirs Stellenbosch has to offer to craft top Cabernets of superb quality and maturation potential. Their wines have an elegant understated style with unusually fine grained tannins and a subtle oak integration – although not aiming to be Bordeaux replicas, they do have much in common with the balance and poise sometimes found in top Margaux.
With a production run of only 5000 cases (made in true artisanal style), these multi-award winning wines are seriously good and rank amongst the very best Cabernets in South Africa. These are not ‘made to drink now’ wines but instead, rare but worth sourcing reds that are ‘made to last ‘ and cellar. ar.