by on 15.09.2016
In 1996 Etienne le Riche founded Le Riche wines and together with his winemaking family, Etienne, Christo and Yvonne makes a winning team. Mark Daniels has been with the Le Riche team for many years and is part of the family. They have made it their business to produce the definitive expression of a Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon, and to great acclaim.
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are carefully sourced from a handful of producers in the Stellenbosch region, unique for its specific terroir and perfect for this cultivar. The grapes are hand-sorted and pressed on the farm and then fermented in open top tanks, with as little intervention as possible. Le Riche wines are sought-after and elegance and consistency is the result you would when enjoying these fine wines.
When you dissect a Bordeaux Blend, it would become clear to you that Cabernet Sauvignon is a solid element thereof and a worthy grape to be enjoyed as a single varietal. It pairs well with a variety of dishes and is worth waiting for, if aged successfully. Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon is made well and is perfect for aging, as can be seen in their cellar, where a consistent quality can be seen in a variety of vintages, going back fifteen years.
Christian Eedes of Winemag was asked if Millennials and new wine drinkers should consider Cabernet Sauvignon, that might be experienced as an intimidating cultivar. He is of the opinion that it is ultimately a Baby Boomer variety because of its association with Bordeaux and the Napa Valley. Millennials should however not be overlooked entirely, as one of the grape’s key attributes is that it maintains a recognisable character wherever it is grown in the word – and it is grown widely. Millennials are more outward-looking than previous generations as they grew up with smart phones and the internet. They are more inclined to spend their money on experiences like travel. This enables them to experience the best Cabernet Sauvignons in the world, from Australia to the United States of America, from France to South Africa, to the vineyards and cellars of specialist producers like Le Riche Wines.
“The wines are widely regarded as excellent, and with the standard label selling for around R240 a bottle and the reserve for R480, they can be had for not very much money in a global context,” says Christian.
From Thursday 6 October 2016 Le Riche Wines will start a new tradition. The family garden will be open from 5-7pm on the first Thursday of every month. Those unlucky souls that needs to work from 8-5 can now join Le Riche wines for First Open Thursdays to taste great wines in a beautiful and relaxed environment. The cost is R50 per person, and reservations can be made by phoning (021) 842 3472, or send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Share your pics on social media and use the hashtag #drinkLeRiche when enjoying a bottle of Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon or during the First Open Thursday at the estate.