Thursday, May 3, 2012

NEW RELEASE: Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2009

NEW RELEASE: Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2009

Dear . Miguel Chan,

It is with great excitement that we inform you of the release of the 2009 Reserve on the 20th of April. At this early (pre-release) stage it has already earned both a spot in the Top 100 SA Wine selection as well as Classic FM Top 6 Cabernet Sauvignon! The 2009 vintage was exceptional for the Stellenbosch region, and our Reserve is no different. A wine in classic Cabernet style, showing hints of mint, cherries and spice on the aroma. On the palate the structure is powerfully firm, with abundant sweet fruit, juicy tannins and a lingering finish.  This wine is simply delicious, and will reward with further ageing.  Please see our website for a detailed fact sheet.

The 2012 harvest can be summarised in one word - cool (in temperature that is!).  Low yields due to cold and wet conditions in November and a very cool February and March lead to this season gearing up to be a very good one.  The cooler conditions gave the grapes an extra 2-3 weeks of ripening and extended “hang time” on the vines, resulting in very good flavour and tannin ripeness at lower alcohol levels.  It will certainly be a vintage to keep your eye on… Most of our new French oak barriques have arrived and are patiently waiting to be filled with the 2012 wines for the secondary (malolactic) fermentation.

Currently we are selling our 2009 vintage wines except for the Chardonnay which is 2010.  We produce a small quantity of Chardonnay every second year and we will keep you updated on the development of this 2012 edition. The Cabernet / Merlot and the Cabernet 2009 have now both had some time to mature in bottle and have developed attractive secondary flavours.  For those of you in a celebratory mood, there are some vintage 1.5 litre magnums available. The 2006 Cabernet Reserve magnum is on offer and makes a generous impression on a special occasion.

Kind regards,

Etienne, Yvonne en Christo