Grapes are carefully selected and hand-picked from vineyards located in Firgrove, Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch Mountain and Bottelary. The wines were fermented separately until dry in traditional open concrete tanks with regular manual plunging. Secondary fermentation proceeded in tanks after which the wines were moved to French oak barrels. The parts were then blended after a year of ageing and matured for a further 8 months in French oak barrels. The wine has undergone no fining and is predominantly a meticulous blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon; 16% Cinsaut; 14% Petit Verdot 12% Merlot; 8% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc.
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, cherries and milled pepper are balanced by an aroma of finely ground graphite found in Left Bank Bordeaux. 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!
Ideally paired with a meaty pasta dish and richer stews.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2020