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    Le Riche "Richesse" '19

    Le Riche "Richesse" '19

    Le Riche Wines, situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain and in close proximity to the historic town of Stellenbosch, was founded by Etienne le Riche in 1996. As a founding member of the Cape Winemakers Guild, and following an illustrious career as one of the country’s leading winemakers, Etienne embarked on an independent path to create a winery where he could embrace the cultivar he had grown to love and respect, Cabernet Sauvignon. Now run as a family affair, with old-style open-top concrete fermentation tanks supported by a modern, minimal intervention winemaking approach, the winery provides a platform to create premium red wines in a classic South African style.

    “Richesse” is a nod to the blending heritage of the Stellenbosch region. The name means “wealth” in French, and it refers to the wealth of winemaking history in Stellenbosc. This wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon–based blend, incorporating Cinsault and smaller amounts of Bordeaux varieties, such as Merlot. In the cellar, the winemaking team vinifies each variety separately for up to a year, before blending takes place. The goal is to allow each variety to express its optimal characteristics. The final blend rests on the structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon, complemented by a perfumed nose and fruit-forwardness thanks to the Cinsaut, while the other varieties add complexity and texture. The wine shows pretty aromatics of cherry and plum with a hint of oak spice. Full-bodied, with silky fruit, soft tannins and a long finish. It is delicious on its own but even better with grilled sausages or braised beef dishes. A terrific value!




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    1167 N Howe Street
    Chicago, IL 60610

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