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