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The 1861


Celebrating 50 Years of the Richmond Heavies

*Pre-order for May 2022*

Richmond Rugby Club have joined forces with leading winemakers Schalk Burger & Sons to create a bespoke celebration blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Grown and bottled by former Springbok player Schalk Burger on behalf of Sporting Wine Club, this was the perfect choice to celebrate 50 years of The Heavies.

We are very proud of this initiative and to be raising funds for this amazing club and for the wider cause. It’s also the latest in a list of wonderful wines made by Schalk Burger at his Welbedacht Estate.

We are expecting the wine to dock in the UK by the end of April. Please do sign up to our mailing list so that we can keep you fully posted along the way with its progress and estimated delivery!

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions.

Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 50%

Tasting Notes: A beautiful deep red colour which leads into a very rich and robust Cabernet Sauvignon blended with a delicate and slightly fruitier Merlot. As both cultivars exhibit dark fruit flavours the combination amplifies blackcurrant, black cherry, cigar box, spices, and herbs with layers of raspberry, cassis and mocha. This is balanced with a good layer of tannins.

Food Pairing: Appetizers will be olives, cheese, mushrooms, roasted beef salad, ham and green figs, bacon-wrapped blue cheese stuffed dates. For the main course pair with steak, a ‘Schalk’ burger, grilled lamb, roasted chicken, braised pork, beef ribs, and meat pasta dishes.

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Sporting Wine Club is proud to present The 1861. Learn more about this wonderful red wine below:

Richmond Heavies

The Richmond Heavies were formed in the 1971 – 72 season and have remained an integral part of Richmond Rugby Club ever since with a well-earned reputation as a very strong playing side and an even better touring side. As a celebration of their 50th year a specially crafted red wine seemed an appropriate tribute. South Africa was the natural choice for this inaugural blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot expertly grown, made and bottled on Welbedacht Wine Estate by Springbok rugby player Schalk Burger.

Read more about the Richmond Heavies here.


Welbedacht Estate is the home of the Schalk Burger Family, both ex Springbok Rugby Internationals. They also have a cricket pitch inside their vineyard called the Welbedacht Oval. Besides their wonderful Estate Wines, Welbedacht is the home of the gregarious Meerkat wines. Schalk is our original sporting winemaker!

Explore more wines from Schalk Burger & Sons here.

Purchase The 1861 via the Sporting Wine Club today!

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South Africa


Schalk Burger & Sons






Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot





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