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Le Riche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Etienne Le Riche
Main Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Stellenbosch
Alcohol
14.8 %vol
pH
3.68
RS
1.0 g/l
TA
5.6 g/l
Characteristics
Type
Red
Style
Dry

Tasting Notes

Aromas of sweet cherries are balanced by a touch of mint and cedar. The palate shows classy Cabernet flavours and soft, supple tannins with a firm structure. The rich, juicy entry is followed by an elegant mid-palate and long, lingering finish.

Ageing Potential

This wine is drinking well already, but will benefit from a further 5-10 years of ageing.

Blend Information

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

In The Vineyard

Wine of origin Stellenbosch, wards: Firgrove, Raithby, Simonsberg

Soil: Sandy/Loamy gravels and decomposed granite
Aspect: South East, South West, South West
Distance from the ocean: 5 km, 10 km and 20 km
Vine age: 9 years, 13 years and 10 years
Altitude: 100m, 150m and 240m
Rootstocks: 101-14 and R99
 


About The Harvest

Reserve status is only endowed if the grapes and resulting wine measures up to exceptional standard. Hand picked grapes from older, lower yielding vines are used.

In The Cellar

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 (malolactic) 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.

 24 Months, 67% New French oak


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