Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012
Helderberg Coastal, three vineyards, 65%
Simonsberg Stellenbosch, single vineyard, 22%
Helderberg Mountain, single vineyard, 13%
Winemaking and Maturation
Reserve status is only endowed if the grapes and resulting wine measures up to exceptional standard. Hand selected grapes from older, lower yielding vines are used. Fermentation is done with a selected yeast strain under controlled temperatures. Manual plunging during this period ensures optimal colour extraction. After five days the tanks are closed and allowed to macerate for a further period, normally 10-14 days.
Pressing follows and the wine is transferred to barrel for the secondary fermentation. On completion a final quality check and analysis is performed and the Reserve is then prepared for barrel ageing. Bottling is followed by hand labelling and further bottle maturation.
The Reserve 2012 is characterised by a delicious freshness and opulence both on the nose and on the palate. In classic Le Riche style, the aromas of black cherry, blackcurrants and cassis are balanced by a touch of mint and cedar. The aromas are mirrored on the palate showing classy Cabernet flavours and soft, supple tannins with a juicy, yet firm structure that will benefit from a further 8-10 years of ageing.
Alc 14.8 % vol
TA 5.6 g/l
RS 1.0 g/l