The Richelle is a wine created to embody "completeness". It is not meant to be the boldest, most expressive, intense and flamboyant wine in our lineup. With this wine we showcase the unique character of the Banghoek Valley by producing a wine with finesse, that has a solid core of fruit, that is full bodied but with the elegance becoming of a wine made in a cool area. We blend our best batches to create a wine that is in harmony with itself.
Roast lamb with Rosémary and crushed garlic.
This 2015 Richelle is rich and brooding, with dark fruits and herbs on the nose. The palate is elegantly crafted with a seamless structure and a lengthy finish.
Grapes were harvested by hand and berry sorted into stainless steel fermenters. Fermentation commenced spontaneously and was finished with a pure strain. Extraction was done with a combination of punch-down, rack-and-return and pump-over methods. Batches were gently pressed and immediately racked to small French oak barrels where they completed malolactic fermentation. The components were racked three times to enhance clarification and development. Blending took place after 14 months ageing, after which the composed blend was aged in barrel for another four months. The wine was bottled after a total of 22 months. Barrel composition: 60% new – 225L French Oak