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Warwick Three Cape Ladies Cape Blend Western Cape 2012

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91 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (13.5% alcohol; 40% Pinotage, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Shiraz): Bright ruby-red. Alluring perfumed lift to the aromas of blackberry, spices and herbs. Superconcentrated, deep and juicy, with a lovely restrained sweetness and a suggestion of tactile dry extract. Floral and saline notes keep the raspberry and wild herb flavors light on their feet. This sappy, vinous wine finishes with suave tannins and excellent length... Drink: 2016-2024. (Jun 2015)

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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

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91 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (13.5% alcohol; 40% Pinotage, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Shiraz): Bright ruby-red. Alluring perfumed lift to the aromas of blackberry, spices and herbs. Superconcentrated, deep and juicy, with a lovely restrained sweetness and a suggestion of tactile dry extract. Floral and saline notes keep the raspberry and wild herb flavors light on their feet. This sappy, vinous wine finishes with suave tannins and excellent length... Drink: 2016-2024. (Jun 2015)

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