Etienne Le Riche is a total Cabernet specialist. With a tiny production of 5,000 cases across all his wines, this is boutique in the best sense. The Reserve Cabernets are, of course, the stars. This 2003 is fruit and wood driven, a powerful but still elegant wine, with black plums, tannins and super-ripe fruits.
With his focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, Etienne Le Riche is able bring deep knowledge to this varietal. His skill shows in this wine which manages to combine great fruitiness with all the right tannins, dryness, along with just a touch of austerity. The bramble fruit flavors give the wine a lift just when it needs it.
A soft plum, berry and pepper nose leads this elegant wine from Le Riche. On the palate, restrained but expressive layers of spice, tobacco and berry balanced by good acidity offer character and ageability. A very pretty wine for a good price.
Subtle smoke, mocha and cassis on the nose lead into an elegant balance of berry, vanilla oak and mineral. An assertive wine with tannins that can use aging, the wine has a masculine, complex character and a savory finish, but is not overpowering. Overall, a choice with finesse.
Nicely balanced from nose to finish, this medium weight Cabernet is more French than New World in style, with tart berry and tobacco elements prevailing. Very smooth on the palate, it finishes with fine tannins and a lingering tobacco note.
This reserve Cabernet from Stellensbosch displays aromas of oak spice and currant and its berry flavors are subtle and elegant. Could use a touch more tannic backbone and complexity of flavor, but it has a gentle touch that will please people who favor Old World wines over younger, more aggressive styles.