For over two decades, Le Riche has been synonymous with the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Stellenbosch; producing some of the most captivating, long-lived wines in the region. We’re delighted to offer you a pre-release opportunity on the 2018 Le Riche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. While the vintage offers earlier drinking, in this case, it is wonderfully complex with impressive balance and power and the fine-grained tannins offer loads of support for a decade or more of ageing.
* Please note, this wine is to be released on 1 October. All orders placed now will be shipped after the wine has been released.
The grapes were selected from various vineyards planted on mainly decomposed granite and sandy gravel soils. The approach to winemaking is traditional and the oaking (76% new French oak) has been masterfully handled.
The 2018 Reserve Cabernet is modern, with red and dark fruit and attractive, seductive oak. While the palate is ample and luscious, it has a red-fruited crunchiness and freshly-tilled earthiness to balance it. There is some tannin resolution with classic, secondary Cabernet notes of leather and pipe tobacco over the concentrated cassis, black cherry and plum density. Whilst clearly youthful, it is super inviting at this stage and a classic, bold Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon!
Le Riche, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
‘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)
‘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