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Warwick Estate Red Blend Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Three Cape Ladies Cape Blend 2001

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Bottling Date: August 2003 Release Date: October 2003 Winemaking procedure: 24 months in medium toast French Oak – 30% new wood and 40% second fill barrels. Winemaker’s comments: Each component of this Cape blend offers its own qualities. This year’s wine shows an explosion of fruit on the nose, which is largely attributable to the Pinotage component. The Pinotage is soft and sweet while the Merlot offers a subtle spiciness. The Cabernet Sauvignon is the backbone of the blend. Ripe tannins with an innate softness that will mature with cellaring. Full on the palate with a sweetness on the finish. This blend brings the best of Pinotage to the classic French varieties. Serving temperature: 16-18°C. Food recommendations: Serve with a spicy tomato stew made with sun-ripened tomatoes or a black mushroom risotto. Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.51 TA: 5.9 RS: 2.1

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Warwick Wine Estate:
Warwick wine estate was known as the farm ‘Good Success’ from 1791 until 1902. After the Anglo Boer war, Colonel Alexander Gordon from Warwickshire regiment bought the farm and renamed it ‘Warwick’ as a tribute to his regiment. In 1964 the farm was purchased by Stan & Norma Ratcliffe, at the time there was not a single vine on the farm. However, Stan and Norma Rat... Read more
Warwick wine estate was known as the farm ‘Good Success’ from 1791 until 1902. After the Anglo Boer war, Colonel Alexander Gordon from Warwickshire regiment bought the farm and renamed it ‘Warwick’ as a tribute to his regiment. In 1964 the farm was purchased by Stan & Norma Ratcliffe, at the time there was not a single vine on the farm. However, Stan and Norma Ratcliffe soon realized the potential of the terroir and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines gave high quality grapes, which were soon in demand from wholesalers and other wineries. Norma became more and more interested in the making of wine and began to study the subject. Soon a cellar was in place and in 1984 the first Warwick vintage was released (a Cabernet Sauvignon). It seemed Norma had the talent for making great wines and production soon increased. The Trilogy, since 1986, a Bordeaux style blend soon became one of the flagships of the South African Wine Industry. The farm today is still very much a family affair. In 2001, Mike Ratcliffe, Stan and Norma’s son assumed the role of Managing Director. He graduated from Adelaide University with a wine marketing degree. Read less

Member Reviews for Warwick Estate Red Blend Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Three Cape Ladies Cape Blend

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Snooth User: hillairelong
13136020
3.00 5
02/03/2009

This wine is south african dry blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinotage. It is much better after it has been opened and sat for a day or two corked. It has a slightly smokey finish not too much. I would have a glass with dinner but I don't think I will buy another bottle of it.


Snooth User: Magnum2
3085910
5.00 5
08/26/2007

warwick wines from south africa are stellar across the board, but this particular wine is a favorite of mine. norma ratcliffe, the first female winemaker in south africa, created this unique wine by blending cabernet sauvignon with merlot and pinotage. pinotage is unique to south africa and adds some oomph to this wine! it is hearty enough to stand up to bold flavors and i love it with anything grilled on the bbq. in my opinion, warwick is making some of the top wines in all of south africa...i recently had the 2003 vintage of this wine and thought it was the best yet.


Snooth User: hillairelong
13136020
3.00 5
02/03/2009

Three glasses



Bottling Date: August 2003 Release Date: October 2003 Winemaking procedure: 24 months in medium toast French Oak – 30% new wood and 40% second fill barrels. Winemaker’s comments: Each component of this Cape blend offers its own qualities. This year’s wine shows an explosion of fruit on the nose, which is largely attributable to the Pinotage component. The Pinotage is soft and sweet while the Merlot offers a subtle spiciness. The Cabernet Sauvignon is the backbone of the blend. Ripe tannins with an innate softness that will mature with cellaring. Full on the palate with a sweetness on the finish. This blend brings the best of Pinotage to the classic French varieties. Serving temperature: 16-18°C. Food recommendations: Serve with a spicy tomato stew made with sun-ripened tomatoes or a black mushroom risotto. Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.51 TA: 5.9 RS: 2.1

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