Le Riche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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(35 In Stock)

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Winemaking Legend - Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2023
'Big and bold, but shows restraint, with flavours of blackberry pie with cinnamon sugar and a hint of roasted meats. Assertive tannins, yet great freshness.' – Decanter World Wine Awards, 96/100 (Gold)

'Consistent, ageworthy top performer. Fruit from Firgrove, Raithby, Simonsberg & Jonkershoek for 2018. Supple & fleshy, not as coiled & intense as last. Harmonious oaking, 76% new, 2 years, supports rich black fruit & redcurrant tang. Also in 1.5 & 3L.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)

'Another very impressive Cabernet Sauvignon, the aromatics are pure and classy, dominated by cool dark maritime saline notes of salty crème de cassis, kelp, picante black cherry and vibrant scents of crushed blackberries, star anise, cardamom, salty black liquorice and hints of creamy vanilla oak spice. The palate is super sleek, supple and lithe with a fabulously elegant texture, silky soft mineral graphite tannins, a loose knit mid-palate fleshy black fruit generosity and tons of vibrant acid freshness on the finish. This is a classical Le Riche Reserve Cabernet at its most seductive, although it is, rather amazingly, so approachable, expressive and absolutely delicious right now on release but undoubtedly capable of another good 15+ years of prime cellaring.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 95/100

'This dense, serious, supremely ageworthy Cabernet combines grapes from Firgrove, the Jonkersheok Valley, Raithby and the Simonsberg to create a bold, concentrated red with sinewy tannins, dark plum, mint and blackcurrant leaf flavours, tangy acidity and a sheen of chocolatey oak. Drink 2024-35.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2021, 94/100

'Classic Cabernet fruit aromas of blackcurrant and cassis are complemented by a hint of violet. Lead pencil shavings and cedar aromas add to the overall complexity and sophistication. On entry the palate is rich, velvety and voluptuous yet remarkably fresh showcasing dark fruit, cherry and dark chocolate. The firm, appetising acidity is balanced by round, structured and juicy tannins. A lingering finish reveals the power to improve with time.' – Winemaker
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Condition New
Alcohol 14.9%
Blend information 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Drink to Long-term cellaring
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
Rating DEC 96
Technical analysis RS: 1.4 g/L | TA: 5.6 g/L | PH: 3.77
Producer information Le Riche was founded in 1996 by Etienne le Riche, one of the founding members of the Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG). Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, it is now run by Etienne’s son, Christo and daughter, Yvonne. Le Riche are known for premium red wines in a classic South African style. Grapes are selected from top growers in Stellenbosch, coming from mainly two soil types – decomposed granite soils and sandy gravel. The winemaking approach is traditionally simplistic, yet innovative.
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