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Etienne le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2015

A single vineyard wine from the Helderberg area in Stellenbosch. Traditionally fermented in open tanks, manual plunging and extended maceration. Aged for two years in French oak. This vineyard has formed the base of our production since 1999 and has established a lasting friendship with the producer over the years. The moderate climate due to the proximity of False Bay and the well-drained gravelly soils have proven this site to be one of the finest terroirs for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Auction Year: 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2014

The grapes are sourced from a single vineyard on the lower slopes of the Helderberg,
overlooking False Bay. Traditional winemaking with open tank fermentation, manual
plunging and extended skin maceration; followed by maturation in oak for 22 months.

Auction Year: 2017

Etienne le Riche Special Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

A pure Cabernet Sauvignon from a small, specially selected batch. Treated individually and
separately with traditional methods, and secondary fermentation and maturation in new
oak. This wine should not be confused with the 2007 Auction Reserve as it is a uniquely
different wine.

Auction Year: 2016

Etienne le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2013

A single vineyard selection from the Helderberg area in Stellenbosch, traditionally fermented
and then aged in new oak barrels for 22 months.

Auction Year: 2016

Etienne le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2011

A single vineyard from the lower Helderberg foothills, close to False Bay. Gravelly soils, cool
ripening and warm harvesting temperatures. Excellent concentration. Barrel fermented
and aged for 24 months.

Auction Year: 2015

Etienne le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2012

A single vineyard selection from the Helderberg area. Open fermenters with extended maceration on the skins. Maturation in oak for 24 months. Tasting Notes: Typical velvety Cabernet aromas with ripe cherry flavours, a touch of mint and spicy oak. The palate shows sweet fruit and juicy tannins with underlying structure and a long finish.

Auction Year: 2014

Etienne le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2004

Stringent hand selection from a single vineyard, followed by open tank fermentation and maturation in French oak barrels. Tasting Notes: Seamless, ethereal secondary flavours emanating from ten years of maturation. On the palate the tannins are velvety soft, sweet and silky with underlying strength that promises a few more years of life. A jewel to savour on a special occasion.

Auction Year: 2014

Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2010

A personal selection from one of the prime vineyards in my portfolio. Five days of fermentation in open tanks were followed by 12 days maceration on the skins. Matured in French oak barrels for 24 months. Tasting Notes: Vibrant, ripe cherry fruitiness integrates well with a classic spiciness from the oak. The full, rich and classy palate is supported by a firm tannin structure and long finish.

Auction Year: 2013

Etienne le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2009

This is a single vineyard selection vinified in a traditional method without any compromise. Tasting Notes: Vibrant, cherry fruitiness integrating marvellously with aromatic French oak flavours. The palate is full, rich and classy, supported by a firm tannin structure and a lasting finish.

Auction Year: 2012

Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2008

100% Cabernet Sauvignon The grapes were personally selected from one of the prime vineyards in my portfolio. Five days of fermentation were followed by 10 days maceration on the skins. Matured in French oak barrels for 24 months. Tasting note: Vibrant, fresh ripe cherry fruitiness integrates well with a classic spiciness. The full, rich and classy palate is supported by firm yet fine tannin structure and a long finish. This wine will be ready for drinking in 2016.

Auction Year: 2011

Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2006

This is a personal single vineyard selection. The wine underwent open tank fermentation for 5 days, followed by 10 days maceration on the skins. Maturation for 24 months in new French oak barrels. Tasting note: Full bodied Cabernet with a classic, ethereal, slightly vegetal quality. The palate is mouth filling with soft tannins and a lingering finish.

Auction Year: 2010

Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2007

Winemaking Notes The grapes were personally selected from one of the prime vineyards in my portfolio. 10 days of maceration were followed by 5 days fermentation on the skins was followed by 10 days maceration. Matured in new French oak barrels for 24 months Tasting Notes Vibrant, fresh ripe cherry fruitiness integrates well with a classic spiciness. The full, rich and classy palate is supported by firm yet fine tannin structure and a long finish.

Auction Year: 2009

Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2006

This is a personal single vineyard selection. The wine underwent open tank fermentation for 5 days, followed by 10 days maceration on the skins. Maturation for 24 months in new French oak barrels. Tasting note: Full bodied Cabernet with a classic, ethereal, slightly vegetal quality. The palate is mouth filling with soft tannins and a lingering finish.

Auction Year: 2008

Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2005

The grapes come from a personal single vineyard selection. The wine was fermented in oak for 5 days, followed by 10 days maceration on the skins. Maturation for 24 months in the same French oak barrels. Tasting note: Full bodied Cabernet with touch of mint and spice on the nose. The palate is mouth filling with soft tannins and a lingering finish.

Auction Year: 2008

Le Riche Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Stringent hand selection from single vineyard followed by open tank fermentation and maturation in French oak barrels. Tasting Note Typical ripe sweet minty flavours and spicy oak on the bouquet. On the palate the tannins are succulent and soft with underlying power and a seamless appetising aftertaste.

Auction Year: 2007

Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2003

Stringent hand selection of grapes. Open tank fermentation and maturation in barrels. 80 cases of this wine were sold at the 2005 Auction. Tasting Note: Typical ripe berry and spicy flavours, balanced by succulent tannins and a firm structure.

Auction Year: 2006

Le Riche Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Stringent hand selection of grapes. Open tank fermentation followed by secondary fermentation and maturation in barrels. Tasting Note: Typical ripe berry and spicy oak flavours balanced by succulent soft tannins and a firm structure.

Auction Year: 2005

Le Riche Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

100% Cabernet Sauvignon This single vineyard cabernet sauvignon was fermented in traditional open tanks and macerated on the skins for 9 days. Secondary fermentation in barrels was followed by two years maturation. Tasting note: Intense, deep red with forthcoming bouquet of coffee and spicy oak balanced by ripe, fruity berry flavours and structured, firm tannins.

Auction Year: 2004

Le Riche Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

100% Cabernet Sauvignon - Fermentation in traditional open fermentors for 5 days, followed by 14 days maceration on the skins. Secondary fermentation and maturation in new barrels for 12 months was followed by further ageing in bottle. Tasting note: The bouquet presents a harmonious blend of oak, cherries and spice. On the palate the wine is mouth-filling, rich and creamy. The aftertaste is clean and lingering, with a firm structure that will benefit with further maturation.

Auction Year: 2003