Le Riche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
As a property, Le Riche is very much at the core of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon and the high standing the category enjoys. Etienne made some of the most iconic Cabernet-based wines at Rustenberg, followed by incredible releases from Le Riche itself, including the 2003s and 2005s. Christo and his siblings are now in charge and the 2017 emulates, if not surpasses, their father’s greats of the past. The 2017 Le Riche Reserve is as near-perfect an expression of Stellenbosch Cabernet as we have had from the excellent 2017 vintage. As this vintage is sure to evolve brilliantly for decades to come, this is a ‘must’ for any serious wine collector.
2017 is poised to go down as one of the greatest Stellenbosch vintages. Much of this comes down to the drought conditions which led to great fruit concentration, followed by a moderate ripening season with the highest level of recorded tannins to date. There is no better wine than this to showcase 2017's complexity, power and elegantly etched tannins – it captures the very essence of the vintage. There has been a string of well-deserved accolades, including 97/100 from Greg Sherwood MW, 96/100 from Tim Atkin MW, and the newly awarded Platter’s 2021 5 star.