Richelle 2016, Zorgvliet
South Africa / Stellenbosch
Andy's Tasting Notes
Quite possibly the most underrated (and under-priced!) Bordeaux blend from South Africa, in my opinion!
Cabernet Sauvignon 47% , Cabernet Franc 29%, Merlot 12%, Petit Verdot 12%.
This is so Bordeaux in style – fantastic pure fruit with superb tannin structure and freshness. Not a fruit bomb – keep till 2022 to get the full benefit.
Owners Stephan and Izelle van de Merwe have proudly named this wine after one of their daughters – Richelle.
Price per bottle £21.00
22 in stock
This is a small 200,000-bottle winery in Banghoek, on the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Elevation is 300-500 meters and the vines are mostly southerly facing, this provides moderate temperatures resulting in late but slow ripening fruit.
Zorgvliet is pronounced ‘Sorg-fleet’, which roughly translates to ‘no worries’, and that sentiment carries itself through all they do, and their philosophy is ‘Elegance in wine’.
Winemaker Bernard Le Roux is a young and upcoming talent who is passionate about the estate’s vineyards as well as its cellar (not always a given for winemakers!). Grapes are grown on the steep slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in vineyards that are among the highest in Stellenbosch. The estate wines are from site-specific single vineyards and are elegant expressions of this unique mountain terroir, all crafted in the Zorgvliet cellar, one of the most technologically advanced cellars in South Africa.
Food matchRosemary and garlic infused lamb
Awards & Critic Reviews
In the fourth annual Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report released by Winemag.co.za the producer of the wine that was judged Best Overall was Zorgvliet’s Richelle 2016 which received a rating of 94 points. Over 80 wines were entered this year, and wines were tasted “blind” by the three-person panel.